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Hypocracy Of American Slavery - 799 words
"The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery." -Fredrick Douglass, The North Star His point was clear, all those years ago. As Fredrick Douglass presented his thoughts in front of the citizens of Rochester in 1852; they came expecting to hear a proclamation of national greatness, a celebration of liberty on the fourth of July. Instead, they heard a stirring denunciation of slavery and the white American way of life. Ex-Slave, Fredrick Douglass was asked by local leaders to deliver a speech as part of their Fourth of July celebration in front of a crowd whose majority was undoubtedly white.(Wheeler) They most likely approved of slavery possibly even owning slaves t ...
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Equal Human Rights - 808 words
Lauren Moore History 8* 3/6/99 Equal Human Rights In 1863, Abraham Lincoln was faced with a major dilemma dealing with an upcoming election. Arguments and fights were breaking out among the people of Northern and Southern States. Lincoln knew something had to be done to show his view points about on slavery and the reconstruction of the Union. Lincoln believed that slavery should not be interfered with by the government. However, he also knew that only four states of the Union were slave-holding states, Kentucky, Missouri, Maryland, and Delaware. Lincoln thought these states were an important part of remaining the Union. Lincoln knew that he could not legally abolish slavery, and the power t ...
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Slavery A Wond In History - 442 words
How can slavery be described? Maybe, not by many or not at all by those who have experienced it. Frederick Douglas offers one of the biggest insights into how slave life was. Slavery in America goes back to the start of the African Slave Trade (Class Notes). When the first ship came ashore Africans were amazed and had no idea or understanding of what was going to happen to them. Most of them had never seen white skin before, and the strange boats would journey them across the Atlantic. What is to be called the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade had started up. The voyage to America lasted eight, ten, twelve weeks. Hundreds would go and only a few survived the trip. People would die from starvation, ...
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Dexter Greene - 477 words
A man can say a lot through his face. For the human race, facial expressions are perhaps the most expressive and universal communication we can use. One does not usually notice the facial expressions of animals, but there is a look. A look you notice in the eyes of two alley cats as they fight over the most generous trash cans. And the look that flashes across the face of the buck just as it turns its head and its eyes focus on the pursuer, to be pursued no more. I would imagine this same look on the face of Frederick Douglas as he lived in a strange nation within his own country, and was the constant prey of many. The panic and hopelessness of the hunted animal belonged to Douglas during hi ...
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The Underground Railroad - 728 words
Dramatic Firsthand Accounts of Daring Escapes to Freedom Knowing very few details concerning the Underground Railroad I felt compelled to read The Underground Railroad. Blinded by the misconceptions of many history books that my teachers reinforced through their lectures, I was determined to find out the "entire truth" of my ancestor's rigorous route to freedom. What I recall from my high school history courses is that for the most part only Quakers& white abolitionist aided the "helpless fugitive slaves" to freedom. The author stated that few Quakers were sincerely involved in the Underground Network and Lucretia Mott, Thomas Garrett, Susan B. Anthony and John Leaf Whittier were four of the ...
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Theme Of The Demonhaunted World - 461 words
Books that promote pseudoscience are often popular and profitable. Much less marketable are those books which promote skepticism (Nickell 106). The underlying theme in the first part of Carl Sagan's book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark is that there can be overwhelming harmful effects if science is not used as a way to observe that which is not completely understood. This means that people should study everything objectively and let popular beliefs interfere when drawing their conclusions. In the last part of the book Sagan emphasizes that education is a tool which is much too rarely utilized (Sagan 351). Even without stating it directly, Sagan's first theme stands o ...
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From Oppressed Slaves To Champion Soldiers - 1,940 words
... lack inferiority. Many of them feared the emancipation would cause a mass movement of Southern blacks into the North, Northerners also worried about losing the border states loyal to the Union because those states were strongly committed to slavery. Skillful leadership was needed as the country moved toward black freedom. Lincoln supplied that leadership by combining a clear sense of purpose with a sensitivity to the concerns of various groups. On September 22, 1862, Lincoln issued a preliminary order to free the slaves. It declared that all slaves in the states in rebellion against the Union on January 1, 1863, would be forever free. It did not include slave states loyal to the Union. O ...
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Dred Scott Desicion - 961 words
The Dred Scott decision was an important ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States that had a significant influence on the issue of slavery. The case was decided in 1857 and, in effect, declared that no black--free or slave--could claim United States citizenship. Slaves were viewed as property, and such had no individual right. Furthermore, the decision indicated that Congress could not prohibit slavery in United States territories. I believe that the decision was morally wrong and failed to recognize the rights of people to be free. In addition, the ruling had many political and social implications, aroused angry resentment in the North and led the nation a step closer to civil war. ...
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Black Status: Post Civil War America - 1,096 words
After the emancipation of slaves in 1862, the status of African-Americans in post civil war America up until the beginning of the twentieth century did not go through a great deal of change. Much legislation was passed to help blacks in this period. The Civil Rights act of 1875 prohibited segregation in public facilities and various government amendments gave African-Americans even more guaranteed rights. Even with this government legislation, the newly dubbed freedmen were still discriminated against by most people and, ironically, they were soon to be restricted and segregated once again under government rulings in important court cases of the era. Reconstruction was intended to give Afric ...
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Frederick Douglass - Reformer, Author, Speaker - 567 words
Frederick Douglass was the leading spokesman of African-Americans in the 1800s. He became a well-known reformer, author, and speaker. Frederick Douglass spoke about the situation that African Americans had to deal with everyday. His powerful speeches influenced many people, including President Abraham Lincoln. Frederick Augustus Washington Baily was believed to be born in 1818 in Tuckahoe, Maryland. He was born as a slave. When Frederick was eight, he was sent to one of his masters relatives to work. He now lived in Baltimore, Maryland. Frederick educated himself there with the help of his new masters wife. In 1838 Frederick ran away from his master and went to Bedford, Massachusetts. Freder ...
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Langston Hughes And The Harlem Renaissance - 1,288 words
During the Harlem Renaissance, writers such as Zora Neal Hurston and Langston Hughes gained fame and respect for their ability to express the Black American experiences in their works. Langston Hughes was one of the most original and versatile of the twentieth century black writers. Influenced by Laurence Dunbar, Carl Dandburg, and his grandmother, Carrie Mercer Langston Hughes, Langston Hughes began writing creatively while still a boy. Born in Joplin Missouri, Langston Hughes lived with both his parents until they separated and at the age of seven, he had to go and live with his maternal grandmother. Although she told him wonderful stories about Frederick Douglas and Sojourner Truth and t ...
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The Meaning Of July Fourth For The Negro - 1,572 words
In the years leading to the U.S. Civil War, the controversy over slavery became not only a social issue, but also a political and legal one as well. Opponents and proponents of slavery each looked to the American constitution, as well as the prevailing culture of the time, for direction in dealing with this matter. One such person who based their landmark works on this was Frederick Douglas, an emancipated slave, who fought tirelessly for the abolishment of slavery. In 1852, Frederick Douglas was asked to speak at a July 4th celebration. In his speech, he made it known clearly, his despise for the treatment of Black slaves of the day, as well as the irony and hypocrisy, which was especially ...
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Langston Hughes - 1,950 words
Born in Joplin Missouri, Langston Hughes lived with both his parents until they separated. Because his father immigrated to Mexico and his mother was often away, Hughes was brought up in Lawrence, Kansas, by his grandmother Mary Langston. His grandmother embedded Hughes' sense of dedication. Her second husband (Hughes's grandfather) was a fierce abolitionist. She helped Hughes to see the cause of social justice. Although she told him wonderful stories about Frederick Douglas and Sojourner Truth and took him to hear Booker T. Washington, Hughes did not get all the attention he needed. Furthermore, Hughes felt hurt by both his parents and was unable to understand why he was not allowed to live ...
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