African American slavery

In the 1820s, 1830, and 1840s, the Second Great Awakening helped to inspire a reformist impulse across the nation. One of those movements centered on an effort to abolish slavery in the United States: of course, the desire to eliminate slavery did not go unchallenged. In this activity, you will examine the views of antislavery (abolitionist) and proslavery writers in the antebellum years. This essay will help you better understand a controversy that permeated American life in the years leading up to the Civil War. Required Readings Read the following pro- and anti-slavery documents Pro-Slavery George Fitzhugh Advocates
Slavery Disease and Peculiarities of the Negro Race James Henry Hammond Advocates Slavery Abolitionists David Walkers Appeal Frederick Douglass, ‘What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” The American
Anti-Slavery Society: Declaration of Sentiments Focus Questions Consider these questions as you read through the above sources (ALL of these questions need to be addressed in your essay): Proslavery authors
1. How do these authors justify slavery? 2. According to these authors, what place do slaves have in society? 3. What derisive stereotypes of African Americans are found in these proslavery documents?



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