Detailed info Following the abolition of slavery in New England, white citizens seemed to forget that it had ever existed there. Drawing on a wide array of primary sources—from slaveowners' diaries to children's daybooks to racist broadsides—Joanne Pope Melish reveals not only how northern society changed but how its perceptions changed as well.
Slavery In his three narratives, and his numerous articles, speeches, and letters, Douglass vigorously argued against slavery. He sought to demonstrate that it was cruel, unnatural, ungodly, immoral, and unjust. Civil War drew closer, he expanded his arguments in many speeches, editorials, and in his second autobiography, My Bondage and My Freedom.
His rebellion against slavery began, as he recounted, while he was a slave. In his narratives, this depiction of early recognition, and general recognition among blacks and some whites, of the injustice, unnaturalness, and cruelty of slavery is a major element of his argument.
It marks his first argument against slavery.
Some of the apologists for slavery claimed that blacks were beasts, subhuman, or at least a degenerated form of the human species. In his Fourth of July Address, he derides the very idea that he would even need to argue this point b. Against the claim that blacks were beasts, he argued that rather slavery had brutalized them.
He pointed to the obviousness of the humanity of blacks, and to the hypocrisy of the apologists for slavery in America on this question: Why, indeed, had slave masters encouraged their slaves' Christianization, and then forbade their religious gatherings?
Along with this hypocrisy, American slaveholders feared and banned the education of blacks, while demanding and profiting from their learning and development in the skilled trades.
Thus, Douglass argued the accusation that blacks were beasts was predicated on the guilty knowledge that they were humans. Additionally, it subverted not only the natural goodness of blacks by brutalizing them, but it also did so to white slaveholders and those otherwise innocent whites affected by this wicked institution.
Second, since blacks were humans, Douglass argued they were entitled to the natural rights that natural law mandated and that the United States recognized in its Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Slavery subverted the natural rights of blacks by subjugating and brutalizing them: Douglass cited biblical passages and interpretations popular with abolitionists.
As a witness and participant of the second Great Awakening, he took seriously the politicized rhetoric of Christian liberation from sin, and, as with other abolitionists, saw it intrinsically wrapped up with liberation from slavery, and indeed national liberation.
Fourth, he argued that slavery was inconsistent with the idea of America, with its national narrative and highest ideals, and not just with its founding documents. Fifth, drawing on the ideas of manifest destiny, as well as the idea of natural law realized in historical progress, he argued that slavery was inconsistent with development: America was on the wrong side of history on the question of slavery.
To defend slavery, some of its apologists drew on the idea of historical progress to offer the defense that slavery was a benevolent and paternal system for the mutual benefit of whites and blacks.
Douglass countered by drawing on his experiences, and the experiences of other slaves, that American slavery was in no way benevolent. It brutalized blacks, subjecting them to debilitating, murderous violence; to rape; to the splitting up of families another crime against nature ; to denying them education and self-improvement; and to the exploitation of their labor and denying them access to their natural right to property.
Black slaves were not happy Sambos benefiting from the largesse of kind, gentile white masters—they were brutalized against all justice and reason.
Neither were they lacking in agency or self-respect, nor were they, for all intents and purposes socially and morally dead, subjected to natal alienation. Howard McGary and Bill E.
Philosophy and American Slaveryis an indispensable source for philosophical analyses of these arguments, and the engagement of normative philosophy with historical and sociological theories of U.
An early, key contributor to the philosophical literature on Douglass, and to American philosophical literature on Douglass was Angela Davis, who of course is a key figure in the U. Civil Rights Movement and the emergence of both the black power movement and black feminism since the s.
Natural Law As was mentioned in the above section, Douglass drew on the idea of natural rights and the natural law tradition in his argument against slavery.In February, the American Girl brand, beloved for its expansive (and expensive) line of books, toys, and clothing, made an announcement: A new doll in its collection of historically themed.
Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave, written in , is, perhaps, the most famous. The others were My Bondage and My Freedom () and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (, revised ).4/5.
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22, IN , the slave trader Isaac Franklin wrote to a colleague that “the old Lady and Susan”—a pair of slaves—“could soon pay for themselves by keeping a whore house. Apr 23, · Everything you need to know about The Growth of Slavery in Colonial America If you would like to download the PowerPoint used in the video, please click here Skip navigation Sign in.
American Slavery, American Freedom is a study of the tragic contradiction at the core of America. Morgan finds the keys to this central paradox, "the marriage of slavery and freedom," in the people and the politics of the state that was both the birthplace of the Revolution and the largest slaveholding state in .