Throughout history slavery has been put in the spotlight. Whether it be positive or negative, slavery was at the forefront of an economy President Abraham Lincoln, in his second inaugural address said this, “One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the sourthern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war.” Was the civil war really about the freedom of slavery? Or was there an underlying reason for the Civil War?
Before the Civil War began, we see the life of one young African American slave, Celia, a fourteen year old girl. Celia ...view middle of the document...
” Celia had no right to take his life and should be convicted.’ The verdict was guilty and Celia was sentenced to death by hanging. She did escape from prison, but was later captured and her date of execution was postponed for a later date.
In 1674, Nathaniel Bacon, an English artistocrat, arrived in the new Jamestown colony, hoping to embark on the trade of selling and buying furs. William Berkely, being the gorverner and one of high esteem in the colony he saw it unfit to accept an aristocrat in their group and refused liscense to Bacon, thus resulting in an infruriated Nathaniel. When the Indians attacked a group of white settlers, Bacon under his own guidance, organized an army of both black and white backcountry men and tried to move against Indians himself, but his attempt to find the Indians, he killed friendly Indians. William Berkely proclaimed, Bacon and his cohorts rebels, and Nathanie responded by attacking Jamestown, not once but twice, accusing Berkely of corruption. Shortly after, Bacon dies and with the aide of a thousand British troops Berkeley regained control of Jamestown.
When the rebellion was over the government formed a policy, "Forg[ing] a trans-class
white identity to separate Blacks and Indians out."(handout pg. 4) During the rebellion
both Blacks and Whites of the lower class joined together under an aristocrat, Bacon, but now that was no longer the case.
A century later, the United States’ Founders did not live up to the claim of the
1776 Declaration of Independence that ‘all men are created equal’ by ending race-based chattel slavery in the new nation they were forming.” Jackson however was not about to be consoled by constitutional protections. Jackson was afraid that the opposition to the slave trade was now being linked to ending slavery altogether. In his original draft of the Decleration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, himself a slaveholder, accused George the third of forcing the slave trade on Americans. More reasons the Founding Brothers chose to continue slavery ranged from "They would have no people to get rice from the market", to "Three of the many reasons the founding brothers said that slavery should be continued is; The Founding Brothers thought that by freeing the slaves, the cost of their daily living would have to increase, and they would have pay off the slaves to keep them happy. Another excuse the Founding Brothers had was that King George brought slavery to them, and they had no choice, but to keep them. Lastly, they thought that if they freed the slaves, they would turn on them and Jefferson thought that his own slaves would be so furious, that they'd kill him.
In the summer of 1831, a virginian slave...