During the mid 1800’s many Americans began to have mix feelings over the issue of slavery. Many northern Americans believed that slavery was morally wrong and that it was an evil. Southerners on the other hand believed it was a good for the economy as well as for commerce. This great split of attitudes between the north and the south eventually led to threat of the civil war. The North saw the issue of slavery as an evil.
My first example on how deleting our humane feelings caused harm is Document 7 by James Ramsay called, “Essay on the Treatment and Conversion of African Slaves in the British Sugar Colonies”. The article speaks about the punishments done to slaves for misbehaving in their eyes and committing mistakes. The white men would beat them with sticks, breaking their bones, chain around their necks, etc. All this was done to cause fear within them. All these people thought since Africans are slaves, it’s okay to treat them as beasts.
Washington and Frederick Douglass both believed that slavery was detestable. They also creed that the prejudice of the Americans was unacceptable and that the blacks deserved more credit than what they recieved. Booker and Frederick believed that all humans are equal and that if the whites and blacks worked together, America would benefit more from the unity than from slavery. Although Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington's view of slavery and prejudice are similar, their view of forgivness were not quite the same. Booker forgave the whites for their enslaving blacks and prejudice, but Frederick hated this act of immoral behaviour and did not quite forgive the
Her story is one of success she achieved personally and professionally. Her family's experiences also show the horror of how persons of color were treated, including the story of a neighbor boy who was killed by a white man who said he trespassed, but the crime was never prosecuted. Proud Shoes should be required reading for Americans it really is informative on the race relations during those times. It was a little hard for me to get through the Civil War military history, but that doesn’t take anything away from the important of the book to American history. It was a painful reading about treatment of the slaves in this book, But necessary to relay the message in the story.
Illiteracy was high among slaves, mostly due to white owner’s fear of education leading slaves to revolt. Those who were capable of reading and writing made use of newspapers, poetry, pamphlets, and other forms of literature to spread their message. Not only slaves, but abolitionists of all kinds used this method and some of the most famous anti-slavery publications were made available thanks to them. Two famous anti-slave narratives are Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, penned by Douglass himself and Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, like most other slave narratives was written by a former slave himself, however Uncle Tom’s Cabin was written by a white abolitionist and a woman.
The reason for this was that England was overpopulated both with homeless or extremely poor people and their prisons were too working over their capacity. In America they found an opportunity to start over and redeem themselves. In England there was only one religion, the English religion, if someone were not to follow it they would surely be prosecuted. Because of this a great deal of people wanted to escape the religious oppression they faced in England and went to America where they could “do more service to the Lord”. At the time people were also discontent with the political system instated in England, this being a Unitary Parliamentary Monarchy.
The Northerners were opposed to it. They thought it was immoral, and even wrote novels, newspapers, and poems about it. Uncle Toms Cabin was the most popular because it was a best-seller and changed the outlook on slavery to many northerners. The Missouri Compromise passed in 1820 and made a rule that prohibited slavery in states from the Louisiana Purchase. During the Mexican War, conflict started about what would happen with the new territories that American gained from winning the war.
“Unsung Heroes” follows the same line of thought. It enumerates explicitly false heroes that are often found among former US presidents and military people. Zinn reminds us of the crimes each of them has committed. He suggests that these undue idols be taken off their pedestals and be replaced by real heroes, people who have sacrificed something to make a change, even if it was a small one. Being a war-opponent and social activist, Howard Zinn’s most likely intention in writing “Unsung Heroes” was to educate people about the mistakes (and deliberate lies) that are, in his opinion, very common in the perception of American history.
Refugees was a term that caused denunciations by blacks leaders because it seemed to deny that black folk were citizens of the nation. A few critics suggested that “the black poor could be considered refugees because they were fleeing a catastrophe and seeking a refuge away from their homes”. The truth is that black folk felt that they had already, for so long, been treated as foreigners in their own land. The blacks were constantly looking to claim the rights and privileges that their bitterly fought for membership in the society should provide. The media has been largely responsible for communicating the culture’s bigotry toward the black poor.
Since she is a witness of bearing the lack of freedom, she creates a high credibility in her speech knowing that women and male supporters will believe in her claim of demanding equal rights to women. Fredrick Douglass was a rare educated slave that learned how to read and write. He knew the unnecessary evils behind slavery, unlike others who were taught to be inferior to their masters. In 1852, he delivered a scathing attack on