The Triangular Trade Dbq Analysis

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The triangular trade was made between three continents: North America, Europe, and Africa. The colonists from North America bartered using their national resources and gave them to the Europeans. The Europeans benefited by using the natural resources and produced manufactured goods. Then, Europeans bartered their manufactured goods to Africa. Africa benefited by gaining manufactured goods to use for their daily lives. Finally, the Africans bartered using their people and gave them to the colonists. The colonists benefited by using the slave labor from Africa. By 1865, most states in the North had seen the morally wrong side of this triangular trade and outlawed slavery. This freed the slaves in the North. Even though many of the slaves…show more content…
When blacks in the North were freed, they were given the right to own property and pay taxes. However, according to the Voting and Jury Rights of Blacks in the North: 1860 chart, the were denied the right to serve on jury duty unless the black male was in Massachusetts after 1860 (Doc A). This example shows that even though slaves were free, the feeling of white superiority and power over blacks still remained. The whites felt that blacks could not represent the United States in court cases, so most states denied the right of jury duty to blacks. Another example of how free blacks in the North were not truly free is also shown in the Voting and Jury Rights of Blacks in the North: 1860 chart. The chart also shows the voting rights for black males in the North. Voting and Jury Rights of Blacks in the North: 1860 chart states that five out of the sixteen states in the North allowed black males in the North, another five allowed blacks to vote if they met the $250 property requirement, and the other six states simply did not allow black males to vote (Doc A). This is yet another example of how unopen the whites were to change. They allowed the blacks in the North to be freed, but they still did not accept the blacks with open arms. The whites shut the blacks out. The five states with the property requirement doesn’t sound bad at first, but this…show more content…
In 1859, an English visitor that came to America wrote notes on what he saw during his travels. In terms of black treatment in the North, he states, “We shall not make the black man a slave; but we shall not associate with him...He shall not be free to dine and drink at our board...(or) to mingle with us in the concert room, the lecture room, theatre, or the church…” (Doc B). Besides the racism and the exclusion from certain clubs and activities, the things that blacks could not do all involved having a voice and the first amendment. The first amendment includes the freedom of speech. The lecture room, theatre, and the church are places where thoughts and opinions could be expressed to a crowd, and blacks were being denied this right. Another example of unequal social rights was stated by a young black male in a letter. In his letter, he stated, “Why should I strive hard and acquire all the constituents of a man if the prevailing genius of the land admit me not as such, or but in an inferior degree!” (Doc C). This statement shows the feelings of a person who has had their rights taken away from him, making him feel insignificant and weak. Blacks are not truly free if their rights are denied and they are segregated from the whites. Finally, an image of an African American church in Ohio is shown. The pictures
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