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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

White Southerners supported slavery for a variety of reasons. But many did so despite not owning slaves themselves. The main reason for doing so was that slavery was the foundation of the Southern...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018, 8:45 am (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

As the other answers here describe, the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 meant that there was nowhere safe for an escaped slave anywhere in the United States. That is why Harriet Tubman had to take her...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2020, 3:00 pm (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

By calling slavery a "positive good," John Calhoun meant that slavery was not only something that had to be defended, but that slavery was defensible as positive for southern society. He stated...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2018, 1:42 am (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

There were indeed stark social differences between the North and the South in the years leading up to the American Civil War. The South was an agrarian society that largely relied on slave labor...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2019, 3:51 pm (UTC)

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In my view, Brown was a hero, despite the fact that his methods in attempting to bring an end to slavery were poorly construed and unsuccessful. Brown intended to trigger an insurrection in order...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019, 1:29 am (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

Between 1800 and 1860, the entire economy of the United States had changed, and nowhere more so than in the South. Early settlers chose coastal locations, where soil was moister and long-staple...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016, 11:11 pm (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

The benefits of the African slave trade, such as they were, redounded entirely to those Western countries involved in it. They grew incredibly wealthy from slavery, amassing considerable sums from...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019, 6:25 am (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

The authors of this document petitioned the Union Convention out of a very legitimate concern. They believed that, in the absence of a constitutional amendment outlawing slavery, that slaveholders...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019, 9:41 pm (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

Popular sovereignty is the belief that people make decisions about laws and their government when a democracy is in place, and the control is ruled "by the people, for the people." Citizens have...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2011, 10:45 pm (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

In the nineteenth century, the experience of a slave in the upper South differed in some respects from that of a slave in the lower South because the two regions had different economies. The farms...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2019, 2:00 am (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

I think that one of the potential reasons why there were not more slave revolts and rebellions in the South is evident in the measures that slaveowners took in controlling their slaves. Simply...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2014, 7:54 am (UTC)

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Emerson suggests that we each have to make a choice: whether we want to stand on the side of "humanity and justice," and stand up to an unjust law, or the side of "abuse and oppression," obeying a...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2017, 12:42 am (UTC)

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In his letter to his former master, Jourdan Anderson does not provide his definition of freedom in so many words. However, by describing his current situation as much preferable to enslavement, we...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2020, 9:53 pm (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

There are two main types of reasons why slavery was terrible for slaves. First, slavery was terrible because slaves lived in very poor material conditions. Slaves typically lived in very small,...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2016, 5:54 pm (UTC)

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The raid at Harpers Ferry had several immediate effects which can be seen as not only causative with regard to the war, but also having a bearing on the way the war was fought and, possibly, its...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2018, 4:37 am (UTC)

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Harriet Tubman had experienced the brutal realities of slavery, having been enslaved for the first thirty years of her life. She was actually severely injured by an overseer and had what we would...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2018, 5:50 pm (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

The above answer is based on conjecture and is speculative at best. Slaves in the north were not treated better than in the south. In fact there is some evidence that the exact opposite was true....

Latest answer posted January 20, 2012, 8:14 pm (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

The question – “what caused the slave trade to increase during the early 1800s” – is a little difficult to answer unless one posits that it is a trick question intended to determine whether a...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2014, 2:17 pm (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

Owning slaves can reinforce the idea that the slave owner is superior. This leads to more racial hatred. Since the owner can do whatever he wants to his "property" I can see how this would lead...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2011, 12:08 pm (UTC)

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With the California Gold Rush, California's population increased dramatically, such that, as early as 1849, it was seeking admittance as a State into the Union. In the process, however, it...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019, 10:58 pm (UTC)

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The Stono Rebellion was a slave rebellion in South Carolina in 1739. While it isn’t totally clear why this rebellion occurred, there are a few possible explanations. One possible explanation is...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016, 5:20 pm (UTC)

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The Revolutionary War presented more of an opportunity than a challenge for slaves, as the British offered freedom to any slaves who chose to flee to their side. Even so, they were not taught to...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2012, 7:47 am (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

The Southern economy was heavily dependent upon slave labor. The Southern economy was agrarian; agriculture was its lifeblood, and being able to cultivate fields through the use of slaves was...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2018, 2:41 pm (UTC)

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Planters feared slaves not so much because of the ill treatment slaves received at their hands, as the first answer above implies; that is a situation which could easily be remedied. Rather, they...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2011, 8:19 am (UTC)

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I have read that some slave owners would drive nails into a barrel and put the slave to be punished into the barrel and roll them down a hill. Thumbscrews were also used as a device to punish...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2010, 12:26 am (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

A plantation described a very large farm, primarily agricultural in nature, farmed by a large group of laborers. In the Old South, the plantations were managed by slaves owned by the family who ran...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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The most obvious way of showing opposition to slavery is also one of the best documented-- running away. "Runaway slave" or "fugitive slave" were the terms given to slaves who tried to escape the...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2014, 11:50 am (UTC)

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There were two main reasons for the expansion of slavery—the cotton gin's invention in 1796 and the United States' westward expansion. The cotton gin allowed one slave to do the work of many since...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2017, 10:20 pm (UTC)

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Although some slaves did revolt, it is clearly true that the vast majority of slaves did not participate in any violent rebellions. Why was this? Different slaves would surely have had different...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013, 11:38 pm (UTC)

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Clearly, all of the above answers are right, but there are a couple of important things that none of the three previous answers has mentioned. The previous answers all focus on coercion and...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2010, 10:17 pm (UTC)

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The audience for slave narratives was whites. The former slaves who wrote the narratives wanted to dispel false ideas, such as the idea that blacks were well treated, well fed, and content to be...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2018, 12:57 pm (UTC)

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The most major impact of the abolitionist movement was that it made slavery into an emotional and political issue. The issue of whether or not to have slaves was present at the nation's founding....

Latest answer posted November 24, 2017, 6:19 pm (UTC)

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Henry Highland Garnet wrote that his “Address to the Slaves of the United States of America” was rejected by the National Convention for two reasons, first because “the document was war-like, and...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019, 8:15 am (UTC)

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In a speech before the United States Senate on March 4, 1850, South Carolina Senator John C. Calhoun recognized a danger to the Union of the United States of America. This danger, Calhoun asserted,...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020, 2:05 pm (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

Slavery started in America from the beginning of its settlement by Europeans. It went through various phases until its end at the conclusion of the Civil War. In 1619, a Dutch ship brought the...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2019, 12:15 pm (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

Harriet Tubman's life is significant because it stands as a testament to incredible courage in the face of evil. Once she had escaped slavery herself, Tubman looked for ways she could help others....

Latest answer posted February 24, 2020, 9:18 pm (UTC)

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The idea that slave owners killed their slaves so that they did not have to care for them during their old age is ludricous and slanderous; and probably is not what the writer meant to say, but...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010, 9:47 am (UTC)

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I don't agree completely with the second post. The main differences in the pre-1830 and post-1830 movements center around their goals and their degree of popular support. Before 1830, as pohnpei...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2010, 11:38 pm (UTC)

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Having the Underground Railroad as the starting point for a research paper is a fairly narrowed down topic; however, there are lots of different directions that you could go with the research. I...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2018, 3:03 pm (UTC)

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Actually, there was a greater relationship between the two than the above answer indicates. Both movements originated with the reform movements of the Second Great Awakening; and the Women's...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2011, 4:24 am (UTC)

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James Henry Hammond was a nineteenth-century slaveowner from South Carolina who vigorously defended slavery as a good idea. As governor of South Carolina, he stated that American slavery is not...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2017, 11:39 am (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

Popular sovereignty was the core principle at the heart of the system of republican democracy established by the Founding Fathers. According to this principle, ultimate political sovereignty...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2018, 5:45 am (UTC)

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While the relationship between racism and slavery is very close, almost symbiotic, it is possible for slavery to exist absent views among a dominant group that posit one race, that to which it...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 12:26 am (UTC)

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This is an extremely difficult question to answer. It is like saying “what is life like in an American high school today?” There are so many different high schools and there are major differences...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2013, 8:13 pm (UTC)

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The humanitarian case against slavery had far deeper roots in the abolitionist movement than the economic case. While important figures, most notably, Adam Smith and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019, 10:54 pm (UTC)

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The major impact that slave rebellions had on attitudes towards slavery was to harden them and to make Southerners more apt to support slavery and to oppose efforts to free slaves or to improve the...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2011, 10:31 am (UTC)

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Slavery in the Nineteenth Century

The American Civil War resulted from both economic and moral conflicts over the institution of slavery. Abolitionists had been attacking slavery for a solid century, from slave uprisings to social...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2019, 5:35 pm (UTC)

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By 1840, slavery was abolished in the Northern states and still a crucial part to the Southern plantation economy. The slave population was almost at 4 million, the majority working on the...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2015, 12:29 am (UTC)

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Slaves met in secret, at the threat of great personal harm to do so, for several purposes. First, slaves were often required to hold their religious gatherings in the presence of White people and...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2020, 9:30 pm (UTC)

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There are, of course, many things that could be said about these slave rebellions. Let us look at three things, one of which they have in common, one of which distinguishes them from one another,...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2013, 12:55 am (UTC)

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