Human: Jury and Freedom Essay

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As a teenager today in America, freedom is thought of as being able to hang out, shop, have a cell phone, and internet. In the year of 1860, there was a slave population of fifty-thousand and freedom meant a lot to all of them. Freedom is the state of being free rather than confinement or under physical restraint. Freedom was like a long term goal or accomplishment for slaves; with many limits and restrictions, blacks were not truly free in the North. For slaves, freedom was inevitably political, social, and religious freedom; education and economic rights were sought after as well. Generally, slaves had limited political freedom. Political is in terms of having any relation or concern to government. Voting was a main contention. In 1860, black male suffrage was restricted in New York, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. (Doc. A.) Suffrage was only allowed in most parts of New England which only excluded Connecticut. Massachusetts was the only Northern state that allowed both black male suffrage and jury duty. (Doc. A.) Black men had a greater advantage of being able to vote if they were wealthy enough. Women, not determined by race, could not vote at all any where, in the North until after the civil war. Assuredly, blacks took part in their religious freedom by interacting with each other in the black church. The black church was the place where blacks expressed their religion, became involved in community politics, and fought for voting rights, temperance, and abolition. The church was a place to get married and buried. The church offered services such as a literary club, Sunday school, a published newspaper and even hosted abolitionist meetings. (Doc. D) The church also provided refugee for fugitive slaves. The church was like a whole other secluded world. The Black church took on roles that were limited by white society. The church became a place to become involved in community politics, fight for causes such as voting rights, temperance and abolition. Even though the church was segregated, it shed a little light towards their freedom. In addition, social freedom was diverse in the North, blacks were free to live, thrive, if “he” could, pay taxes, and perform duties. Blacks were not free to dine, drink at the white board table, share deliberations of the jury box, attend courts, represent in legislature, or mingle in