Slavery documents

Slaverydocuments

Slaverywasa commonphenomenonin thewesterncountriesespeciallyin thesixteenth century.Manyindividualscameup to criticizetheactwhileothers supportedit.TheAmerican Revolution in thesixteenth centuryhadsomestronglinkswith slaverythat hadstrongrootsin America by then.Theslaverythat tookplacein Antebellum America welcomedmanycommentsfrom variousscholars.Someof thesescholarsincludedJames Forten, Thomas Jefferson as wellas James Hammond, whoanalyzed theAntebellum’s slaveryfrom differentperspectivesas thedocumentdiscusses.

Discussion

ThomasJefferson wasone of thewriterswhodiscussedtheslaveryin antebellum. Henotedthatslaveryto manyAmericans seemedinconsistentwith therevolution’sprinciple.Healsoexplainedthatslaverywasmoreoutlawedin thenorthernpartof statesof America than thesouthernstates.Heperceivedthatin thenorthernstateswhereslaverywasabolishedonlyfewslavesthat werelivingthereas opposedto thesouthernstateswhich didnot abolishslaveryat all.Thomas Jefferson alsoanalyzed thesuperiorityinhibitedby thewhites over their black counterpartswhowereviewedinferior.However,thewriterhada perceptionthattheblacks wereequalto thewhites especiallyin termsof memory,imaginationandreasoning.Healsoperceivedthatthedifferencethat wasin existencebetween thewhites andtheblacks wascreatedby thenaturebutnot their condition.Healsonotedthatonlya smallproportionof theproprietorsof slavesworkedon their own.He,therefore,notedthatthelibertiesof thenationwerenot secureat allsince theremovalof their onlyfirm basewould adverselyaffectthem (Giordano66).

JamesForten, anotherwriterof Antebellum slavery,is a wealthyAfrican-American. His publish,attackedtheproposedlegislationunder thecontextof violatingrightsof humanityof theAfrican Americans. Asopposedto Thomas, James perceivedthatallmenwerecreatedequalby God. Healsonotedthattheaspectof equalityis themostprominentcharacteristicin theindependence’sdeclaration.Hecondemnedthebillthat hadbeenproposedto blockthepeopleof colorfrom migratingto thePennsylvania state.Healsoperceivedthattherightsof theblack hadbeenviolated,andhefounditunnecessaryto escalatetheviolation.Agoodexampleof theviolationis thatin particularpublicjubilee`s days,theblack werenot supposedto beseenpast twelve o’clock. He,however,hada perceptionthatthenature’seloquencewould succeedandthehappycommonwealth’slawgivers as wellthefreemen’s advocates would remainthefriendsof theblack (Giordano67).

JamesHammond is thethirdandthefinalwriter.Unlike theothertwo writers,hestoodfirmto supportslaveryandclaimedthatitwasauthorizedby God. HeperceivedthatGod authorizedthepurchaseof bondmen alsoslavesby His chosenpeopleas recordedin Leviticus chaptertwenty-five. He,therefore,concludedthattheAmerican slaverywasnot contraryto God’s will. HealsoaddedthattheAmerican slaverywasnot a sin,buta God’s commandment via Moses. HealsoargueditalsogainedJesus’ approvalthrough his apostles(Giordano68).

Inconclusion,theAmerican Revolution wasdependenton theslavery’sconditionthat wasin existence.James Forten notedthatiftheAmericans wereto rely on slavery,their libertyof thenationwasnot stable.Thisclearlyshowsthatslaverywasone factorthat would hindertheAmerican’s revolution.There wasa greaturge, therefore,fortheAmericans to respecttherightsof allpeopleirrespective of their racefortherevolutionto berealized.

WorksCited

Giordano,Ralph G.&nbspTheArchitectural Ideology of Thomas Jefferson.Jefferson, N.C: McFarland &amp Co., Publishers, 2012. Print.