Through out history, people all over the world have fought for their freedom. For over 200 years, slavery was practiced in America. The North and the South were on two totally polar ends. On one side, people were against slavery and wanted to get rid of it while the other agreed with it and believed that it was helped with America’s progression. In my opinion, slavery never should have existed. As a country, slavery should have never been allowed whether you lived in the North or the South. Abolishing slavery was the final step into assuring that everyone in America really had his or her true freedom. Getting rid of slavery certainly was not able to happen over night, it took over 200 years to completely abolish slavery. But, they had to start somewhere. Although some laws were not passed to fully give slaves their freedom, there were some that headed within that direction. For example, after Andrew Johnson’s plan of Reconstruction, the new governments created the Black Codes. The Black Codes although attempted to regulate the lives of former slaves it always granted them rights. The laws granted that the people who were free were given the rights like legalized marriage, ownership of property, and limited access to the courts. “Walter L. Fleming, source 94, pg.7.” Although this wasn’t where full freedom was given, it was a start. In 1866, former slaves were given the opportunity to acquire land as sharecroppers. Sharecroppers worked on white-owned land for a share of the crop at the end of the growing season. It was known to be somewhat of a compromise between blacks’ desire for independence from white control and planters’ desire for a disciplined labor force. There were often contracts between the former slave and the white landowner that stated what the former slave would normally bring to the table. “And we the said Freedman agrees to furnish ourselves & families in provisions, clothing, medicine and medical bills and all, and every kind of other expenses that we may incur on said plantation for the year 1866 free of charge said to Ross.” “Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Tennessee, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, National Archives. Source 95, pg. 11.” The contracts between the two parties just assured that no lines would be crossed through the process of sharecropping. It gave the former slave the opportunity to own a crop with a few guidelines set by a white landowner. Being that one former slave is given the opportunity to do so, he must uphold the standards and guidelines to the white landowner. Giving one such opportunity like this shows that no matter what race, they are able to work evenly to successfully grow crops. Giving a former slave certain privileges and rights was only the beginning of giving those rights to everyone. Everyone in the United States deserves the same opportunities as one another, regardless or race or anything else. The ongoing effort to abolish slavery has only proven that everyone deserves the same opportunities and to have the same rights. “We are a country of all extremes, ends and opposites; the most conspicuous example of composite nationality in the world. Our people defy all the ethnological and logical classifications. In
After the close of the Civil War, many assumed that the scar of slavery had been done away
with, something to be put into the annals of American history and only to be bought up in
classrooms. Yet, the situation in many ways couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Slavery
was still around; however it was in a much different form. Besides the convict lease system,
which kept black people as slaves within the construct of leasing them…
their loved, bought to a new world and sold like piece of bread into slavery. Slaves were sold into slavery as workers for hard-cheap labor for landowners, slaves would be subjected to abasement such as being beaten or whipped or sexually exploited. During the 1800's slavery was common in The Confederate States of America, slaves were used in the Confederate States for cheap labor as to where the slave owners or the landowners could make a much higher profit by having slaves work on plantations…
triumph of democratic politics.
On the day that President Jacksons went to the Capitol for his inauguration crowds of ordinary citizens had gathered. After he read a brief inaugural address and took to his horse to ride through the crowds to the White House the crowd turned into a mob of screaming, fighting, and romping people. Jacksons and his supporters viewed this mob as a symbol of a new democratic spirit. Andrew Jackson was not the only major figure disturbed by the state of national politics…
There was extreme segregation between the white and the blacks especially in the southern parts of the colonies. When brought to the new world, the black people were stripped of their identities and referred to as “Negroes. ” In Virginia, whites believed that Negroes had no other purpose then to serve as slaves. The white people didn’t treat the Negroes like humans, but more like property and would brutally act upon them with violence.
Compared to the whites, the Negroes were degraded in society and…
the same country.
b. Reconstruction Politics: Two key questions (One political One is social):
1. What happens to ex Confederates, people (uniforms, leaders) Leadership and government?
1. What is going to happen to slavery?
2. What are they going to do for a living?
a. Part I: 1863-1865—Lincoln—Background. His personality and leadership style
i. Does not plan to punish the South, put country together in harmony
1. Lincoln versus Congress. Battle…
designed by the north after the civil war to rebuild the south and eliminate the racial injustices
occurring there. One way Reconstruction was challenged in the period following the civil war
was the rise of the KKK. The KKK founded immediately after the war by white racists to
combat reconstruction and keep the southern way of life. This movement greatly combated
the process of reconstruction.
During the period from 1600 to 1763, transAtlantic interactions in the British North
and women were needed to work the land. White bond servants, paying their passage across the ocean from Europe through indentured labor, eased but did not solve the problem. Early in the seventeenth century, a Dutch ship loaded with African slaves introduced a solution—and a new problem—to the New World. Slaves were most economical on large farms where labor-intensive cash crops, such as tobacco, could be grown.
By the end of the American Revolution, slavery had proven unprofitable in the North…
-the practice of seizing Americans at sea and impressing or drafting them into the British navy
-the movement to abolish slavery
-the most important of a series of reform movements in America
Secession : the formal withdrawal of a state from the union
Conscription : a draft that forced men to serve in the army
Scalawag : white Southerners who joined the Republican Party. Many were small farmers who wanted to improve their economic position and sis not want the former…
Book Review 2
American Slavery, American Freedom
Morgan, Edmund S. American Slavery American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia. New York: WW Norton & Company, 1975.
Edmund Sears Morgan, an acclaimed author, historian, and former professor at Yale University, seeks to investigate the “marriage of slavery and freedom” (6). Morgan’s book American Slavery, American Freedom was written for an academic audience. Morgan explains that American Slavery, American Freedom is the story of…
Civil War also came to the end to the institution of slavery. Even though the newly freed African Americans were supposed to be equal, they faced new challenges and were mistreated in the American South. African Americans were mistreated in several ways, including violence via lynchings and having rights they were given taken away. While African Americans were technically “free”, they continued to face abuse and discrimination in their post-slavery lives.
One way the African Americans were mistreated…