Women and Slavery Essay

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Slavery & Abolition This week, we are revisiting our brothers and sisters in the South. It’s been quite a while since we submerged ourselves in the south and took a look around. What has changed? What’s going on down there? Certainly it’s safe to assume that the notions of Republican Motherhood and the Cult of True Womanhood were not developing in the South. In fact, the Industrial Revolution itself did not develop in the South! Why not??? As with virtually every reason for a lack of progress in the region, we find slavery at the heart of why nothing has changed in the South. So entrenched in a system of forced/free labor, the South resists the changes occurring in other parts of the country, even at its own detriment! What does this mean for women? What does a lack of progress do for the situation for women? What does slavery really do to women? To all women? This week, we will be discussing slavery’s affects on women as well as discussing a new political movement that develops in response to slavery: abolition. Abolition will be the political movement calling for the banishment of the institution of slavery. Who will be at the forefront of this movement? The answer may surprise you! **************************************************************** While it is generally understood that slavery was an awful institution and a stain on our history, a commonly ignored fact is that slavery was exceptionally cruel to women. That is, female slaves suffered in ways that were immeasurable and incomparable to males. It was surely a disgusting mark against humanity, but especially so for women. Background Coming into the Nineteenth Century, the institution of slavery was beginning to falter with the outside world. In 1808, as per the US Constitution, the slave trade ended officially. This did not put an end to slavery—to the contrary, it continued

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