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Ending slavery in the 1800s I'm doing a speech about slavery, I am pretending to be a person from the 1800's. I need some ideas on what to say to the audience about how to end slavery. I have to conclude with a warning about what might happen if slavery doesn't end.   Any ideas? Thanks

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Considerations Toward Ending Slavery:

How would you provide for slaves who were too elderly to work?  Once freed, their former owners will no longer be obligated to care for them.

In many areas, there were more slaves than the work required.  How would you find employment for the excess?  Once freed, their former owners will no longer employee any more than he needs to do his work.  If nothing is done, many will be forced to steal for survival; for this they will end up in jail or at the end of a rope, not to mention the harm to their victims.

What would you do with slaves who had grown up in slavery and did not want to be free?

Some slaves could read and write, but more could not.  Would you put them into the job market with no education, or would you somehow provide an education for them?  How would you do this?

Many slaves had skills at carpentry, brick laying, house keeping, etc., but many more had no job skills but as field hands.  How would you provide for the excess field...

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Arguments against slavery in valid 1800's would have been equally valid at the time of formation USA as a nation, and these would still be valid today. Some of these arguments are given below.

  • Slavery is not justified in a nation that has been formed on the basis of equality of all people.
  • Slavery was against the basic principles of USA constitution.
  • Slavery is not really the most economic or effective way of getting any work done. A free person, treated well by an employee is better motivated, resulting in increased productivity, which in turn lowers cost.
  • Slavery makes people insensitive to the needs, sufferings and freedom of others. This is likely to lead to reduced cooperation and increased conflict among different section of people in the society.
  • Slavery would create bad reputation for USA making it difficult to develop more positive relationships with other nations. For examples USA cannot expect the African nation to be positively disposed towards it when USA follows the practice of capturing and enslaving African people.