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The abolition of slavery in the Americas occured upon fits and starts. Slavery was an institution entrenched both in economic life and in the social fabric of essentially hierarchical societies. The commodities produced by slave labor, particularly sugar, cotton, and coffee, were crucial to the exopanding network of transatlantic trade.
How to Understand Slavery and the American Founding
Everyone in America knows Abraham Lincoln was the great president who wrote a policy and abolished slavery. That document was the Emancipation Proclamation. Some people think it was his adverse beliefs on slavery when he was a kid that led him to write the Emancipation Proclamation, but this is not all true. In Lincoln's inaugural speech he said "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly to interfere with slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."
Slavery has been a controversial issue in the United States for hundreds of years. Since the rise of slavery in the America, there have been numerous accounts of resistance and opposition. Some of the more famous accounts of resistance against slavery and racism are Harriet Tubman, the mastermind behind the Underground Railroad, Rosa Parks, who refused to relinquish her seat on a public bus to a White man, and Martin Luther King Jr.s movement and most famous
White Southerners were concerned only with re-imposing a kind of slavery on the freedpeople. They voted the straight Democratic ticket, which sought to overturn "Negro rule," and they supported secret organizations like the Klan and the Knights of the White Camellia. In short, their regard for the civil rights of the newly-freed slaves was almost non-existent. (The fallacy here is one of over-generalization. The author claims that all southern whites supported the move to return freedpeople to a kind of slavery. But we know that some southern whites did support black rights in the era, and voted Republican. By refusing to consider countervailing evidence, the author undermines what is a generally sound point: most southern whites supported the Democracy, but not all. By anticipating and countering these criticisms, this author would enhance her credibility and make a good argument more persuasive.)The present circumstances of the time were, of course, disheartening. Human beings were torn from their homeland and packed into a strange vessel, destined for a nightmarish existence. The grueling journey, often consisting of slaves thrown overboard, slaves resisting by jumping overboard, whipping, suffocation, overpowering despair and disease, was symbolically and physically representative of African slavery as a whole as well as the foundations of Europes global power. It was no wonder that the accounts of the Middle Passage were the primary sources used for the abolition of the slave trade. With voices such as Equianos, European society was exposed to an individual tale of suffering, which in turn enabled practitioners and citizens to realize that each slave possessed their own tale of misery. It was the horror of the Middle Passage, and its depicted accounts, which toppled the first domino of European abolition to the slave trade. The brutality, of which the slave trade was born, ultimately led to its death.While the sufferings endured by the Africans of the Middle Passage are well known today, one must realize that in the context of 18th century Europe, these moral indignities remained virtually unnoticed. Slavery in the Caribbean was the loudly clanking skeleton in "civilized" Europes closet. Countries such as England and France benefited from the morally destitute system that lie hidden under the blanket of domestic civility. Until the anti slavery publications released in the late 18th century by the Society of Friends, Europe remained primarily ignorant and unaware of what their economic system entailed. Its citizens were not told of the chains, shackles, whips and guns, or perhaps simply did not care to know. They blinded themselves against the despair, disease, suffocation and suicide. Europe seemed to have been suffering from the Ostrich Syndrome, believing that "if you dont see it, it isnt there." But as Quakers began to appeal to the better angels of their religious doctrine, and accounts such as Equianos were published, Europe was given vivid imagery, exposing the reality of slavery.Lincoln during his inauguration also talks of how Congress may prohibit slavery in the territories, and must Congress protect slavery in the territories? Lincoln says the Constitution does not say therefore it will not happen. Lincoln was a follower of the Constitution and did not plan on changing clauses. He abided by the fugitive slave clause and the suppression of the foreign slave trade. What did Abraham Lincoln do and think regarding slavery during the Civil War? In Abraham's First Inaugural Address he states "I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."" (Pg 53-54) Lincoln did not want the South to be afraid of his Republican Presidency either. That was why he made these statements at his Inauguration about slavery. Lincoln also talks about leaving the returning of fugitive slave clause alone, and keeping it in the Constitution. He feels he should still abide by the clause because to Lincoln the intention of the lawgiver was the law. This clause was debated whether it was to be enforced by either national or state authority. " If the slave is to be surrendered, it can be of but little consequence to him, or to others, by which authority is done." (Pg 55) I agree with Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, because it said that the end of slavery was the purpose of the Civil War. The "North" and the "South" fought against each other to defend their views and opinions of slavery. The South wanted to keep it. Even after the Civil War it did not quite change the ways of slavery and prejudice against African-Americans. Lincoln had the right thoughts, and was on the right track with the Emancipation Proclamation.