And his personal life was also very contradictory. He spoke and acted for the liberty of man, but at the time he thought that liberty was in fact for a small minority of the people, blacks were not included, in fact, and he owned slaves. But his Declaration of Independence, and his other ideas and writings about the rights of states and individuals freedom helped to shape the world as we know it today. Thomas Jefferson’s contradictions are part of our society and are still affecting us today. Additionally, it’s important to study about Jefferson, because this can help us to resolve our problems in society and learn from the past.
That is why he wanted the slaves to be freed and removed from the United States all together. He feared of a revolt by them for all the cruel things that were done to them. Thomas Jefferson didn’t hold the views he felt for one group for the other. The African Americans who were brought to America to be slaves that they forced to live how they wanted them to could not coexist with them but the Native Americans who had their own society and their own way of life they could be civil with. I thought that they wanted to preserve the republican society by molding republican machines.
After president Abraham Lincoln died and the failure of President Johnson, Congress tried to take responsibility of the plans to reconstruct the divided nation that they had before. The main point of reconstructing was to start and protect the citizenship rights of the freedmen. The Southerners were not happy about loosing their slaves and having rights equal to the slaves they used to own as property because of the freedmen’s. They did not want to receive the fact that the freedmen were now men, not just property and that their property was now their equal. The Southerners got up and were angry about the freedmen Congress that had to find a way to protect their rights.
Slavery was a natural part of the Southern economy even though very few of the population actually owned slaves. Slaves could be rented or traded or sold to pay debts, making them very useful to ranchers. The North didn’t seem to have much use for slaves due to their poor soil; therefor they could not understand why the South was against abolishing slavery. I don’t believe that this war could be avoided due to the issue of slavery. If America didn’t stand against slavery, then the slaves themselves would have eventually done so.
The victory of the Union (Northern States) over the Confederate (Southern States) freed the Negroid’s from slavery, and gave them the right to vote, and own property. Although African Americans now had their liberty, they weren’t free from segregation, violence and prejudices. “We wear the Mask” is written from this experience, and regrettable it is still to a small degree part of the American fabric today. Being African American in the late 20th century wasn’t a bed of roses. They were the minority and were not treated with respect as a whole from its community.
America’s Post-Civil War Growing Pains America’s Post-Civil War Growing Pains Contemporary U.S. History America’s Post-Civil War Growing Pains Pg 1 Many characteristics of history has made major impacts on human society today. If it wasn’t for some of the smart inventions and historical turning points, we wouldn’t have some of the basic things that allow us to operate throughout our daily lives. Although these things may seem simple to us now, there was a time when they didn’t even exist. Many young African Americans do not appreciate the freedom that we have today to do whatever we want to do. Thanks to the abolition of slavery we now have the option to become anything we set our minds to be.
The previous mentality of the Accommodationist was rapidly diminishing amongst blacks as they no longer wanted to accept the status quo nor accept that inequality was God’s will. However, as ‘‘racially motivated violence had become part of the way of life in the South’ . World War 2 can not be accounted for as the key turning point in the civil rights movement just because it increased black consciousness and activities in the North. Other factors and key leading figures in the civil rights campaign can be seen as more prominent in the civil rights campaign. These include the achievements: of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People l (NAACP).
However, the states from the South could appreciate a number of measures that had been performed by Lincoln before, in which he demonstrated not to completely be in favor of slavery. Thus, the Southerners were afraid that, with Lincoln as the political head of the nation, slavery and all the abundance of interests involved with it would disappear, leading to the devastation of the basis of the Southern economies. By such point, the South states had already presented a number of discontentments towards the decisions that had been made regarding slavery. With the Dred Scott Decision, the Kansas Nebraska Act, or a number of other compromises such as those of 1820 and 1850, or even the Missouri Compromise, among many others, which presented the same purpose of trying to abolish slavery, the Southerners had a strong set of arguments to be presenting that attitude towards the Union
But it makes more sense. America did not just randomly decide to be nicer to black people in the 1960s, instead of the 1920s or the 1890s. Instead, it ended segregation because not doing so would greatly damage the fight against communism. Civil Rights was therefore not just the right thing to do, but also vitally important to the national interest. All this is not to diminish the accomplishments of the Civil Rights movement, nor to ignore the heroism of its leaders.
DBQ Theme : Reconstruction After the Civil War, rebuilding the ruined South was a tremendous job. Just as troubling was the task of bringing the former Confederate states back into the Union. Should southerners who had fought against the United States government be welcomed back or treated harshly? How could the nation protect the newly won rights of freed African Americans? During a period called Reconstruction, North and South slowly reunited.