Although some people took advantage of the fugitive slave laws, there were groups of abolitionists who still fought to end slavery, despite what the Constitution upheld. Men such as Ralph Waldo Emerson from Document D, and William Lloyd Garrison from Document E, fought tireless to spread their beliefs about the immoral nature of slavery. Emerson believed that the fugitive slave law contradicted the very Constitution it was protected by, as it took away the right to liberty and life. He felt that because the law is immoral and the constitution contradicted itself, the Union was coming to an end. William Lloyd Garrison shared similar views to that of Emerson, and refused to support a Constitution that protects slavery.
He creates powerful imagery to depict the treacherous treatment slaves are enduring that floods the audience with shame. He provides them with a chance to recall their moral standards and compare them to slavery. He questions them to evoke the truth that slavery is never justifiable. The denouement of his speech is that it is patent to his audience that celebrating freedom with slavery existing is atrocious and want to eradicate
Slavery-- in laconic terms-- is the censuring, and antipathy of a human just due to their skin color. It is macroscopic and patent that it is wrong but nobody will admit it. In The Hypocrisy of American Slavery, Frederick Douglass talks about the current state of the US and why The 4th of July means nothing to him. He is trying to convince the American people that celebrating the freedom of their country is ironic because everyone is not free as they claim. Overall, Douglass uses Word Choice, Emotional, and Ethical Appeal to support his claim that there should be no celebrating being a free country when all of the country is not free.
He says at the beginning that he wants to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia. The only problem that he believes is that there`s no enough money to send all the slaves to Liberia. He brings up the idea of the system of gradual emancipation and that it may actually be a good idea since most of the white people will not agree on setting the slaves free. Douglas pretty much says that Lincoln is against the decision of Dred Scott and the rights and privileges of slaves. Lincoln simply wants to bring both of the races together because he says that blacks rights are taken away from them.
Adams knew slavery was bad, but when getting an opportunity to help change and end slavery he opposed to the idea. Adams saw slaves as human beings and knew they deserved equal rights. Adams also allowed slave owners opinions to nullify his approach to the subject during his political career. Adams, Jackson, Madison and Monroe were all presidents who dealt with slavery. Each president had a different view on slavery as well as a different personal and public life opinion on
Buchanan took it upon himself to avoid any issue that had to do with slavery in the territories. Not wanting to face any consequences on the matter, Buchanan push all matters of slavery to the Supreme Court; such as the Dred Scott case. Dred Scott was a slave who decided to sue his slave owner for freedom after he had been taken into territories where slavery was banned. The Supreme Court Justice, Roger Taney, ruled against Scott; “…not only ruled that slaves were property, not people, but also invalidated the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which barred slavery in much of the Louisiana Purchase” (Sheets, 331). Therefore, abolitionists were enraged and “were now convinced that the time had come for more radical, violent action” (Griffin, PP4,
Abolitionist had varied perspectives on emancipation and what was considered the right solution to the “peculiar institution”. Different groups like the American Anti-Slavery Society and the American Colonization Society were both fighting to abolish slavery; however, they acted in contradicting ways. One group wanted to include and invite free slaves into American society and the other wanted to free and send slaves back to Africa. The diverse opinions made it difficult for progress to occur. In fact, the one and only thing most people could agree on was the notion that slavery was immoral and inhumane.
1. The first argument of the petitioner is that all free slaves in the state of South Carolina should be sent out and forbidden from returning, because their presents would be influential to slave’s and caused an uprising in order to gain their freedom. The second argument is that there should be a restriction on how many Negros can be hired and those who are hired should be watched closely by their masters. To insure that there will be no assembly amongst blacks. The third argument is they must control how dresses, in order to prevent them from thinking they are superior.
In document 3, the picture shows that in this bloody trade, slaves are just like materials and goods, they are not treated as people, they are more likely treated like machines and jetton. The opinion stated in document 5 by John Woolman that: “…we contradict and are against this traffic of men’s bodies.” He supposed that if slavery happens on them, “…if men should rob or steal us away, and sell us from slaves to strange countries, separating husbands from their wives and children.” He listed lots of evidences to indicate that the slavery is cruel and it should be discarded. Document 6
He calls out to the oppressed to “emancipate yourselves from mental slavery / none but ourselves can free our minds” (13-14). He wishes for action and change, a redemption, rather than the old road back to slavery. Marley emphasizes that it is no longer the oppressors’ duty to free those oppressed, but it is the oppressed themselves who need to free