"A People's History of the United States" Ch. 9 Reflection

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A People’s History of the United States: Reflection Chapter 9 Slavery Without Submission, Emancipation Without Freedom To summarize this chapter, it covers the aftermath of the Emancipation Proclamation as well as the slaves’ points of view. He explains that in the same way that having slaves grew the economy and advanced technology and society, the freeing of slaves by Abraham Lincoln also was a decision which bettered the American way of life. Zinn explains, “Thus, while the ending of slavery led to a reconstruction of national politics and economics, it was not a radical reconstruction, but a safe one—in fact a profitable one,” (Zinn 172). My reaction is similar to my reaction on the numerous other chapters that cover the subject of slavery. I still stand amazed at the conditions the slaves had to live in and the crowd of politics that surrounded the issue. Something I found interesting was that slave revolts were not as frequent in the U.S. as they were in the Caribbean islands or in South America, where opposition among the slaves was huge and powerful. It just serves to remind me that slavery was not a local thing. It was a worldwide happening. Again, it seems that the themes for these kind of chapters happens to be the same (“slavery, exploitation of the poor, oppression of lesser peoples, etc. was a thing”) so my reactions are getting to be repetitive. I suddenly found meaning in the title of the chapter, however, so now I understand what it means by “Slavery without submission, Emancipation without freedom.” I believe it refers to the slaves’ refusal to become enslaved, and the fact that the Emancipation Proclamation did not solve everything. In fact, even freedom did not solve everything, as there was still violence and

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