How Did African Americans Gain Freedom?

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The history of African Americans in the United States is a sad, but crucial part of understanding American history as a whole. The institution of slavery in North America set back African Americans in many different ways, creating a social divide between races that is sometimes present in todays society. But in turn, many great efforts have been put forth by African Americans to help win their equality and freedom that they deserve. Finding equality and freedom for African Americans is easier said that done, especially if we still grapple with racial divides in certain parts of our nation. Many great abolitionists and advocates for freedom did miraculous things to help African Americans find freedom in the nineteenth century, but there was …show more content…
Blacks in the nineteenth century had to take many different angles to find their own freedom. Some chose to take an intellectual approach, some used violence, and some even banded together forming rebellions. Nobody knew what would work, all African Americans knew was that they wanted to taste the liberty and freedom that all Americans deserve. One common way that slaves in the American South opposed slavery was rebellion. Grouping together as a slave communities during rebellion against the white masters gave the slaves a better chance of running away to freedom. On a hot August day in Virginia in 1831, a group of about 70 slaves came together, led by an enslaved preacher named Nat Turner. They rebelled against their masters, killing 55 whites. Several days …show more content…
Garnet believed that resistance was the only way to find emancipation of slaves, he encouraged every man to act for himself is he truly wants freedom, like he says very blatantly in his speech, “Rather Die Freemen, Than Live to Be Slaves.” Garnet often used the idea of Blacks immigrating back to their first homeland of Africa, leaving the horrors many faces in the United States through slavery. Garnet preached his ideas of sending African Americans back to Africa to colonize once again. Garnet explains what kind of resistance is needed to achieve freedom in his speech, “Brethren, it is as wrong for your lordly oppressors to keep you in slavery, as it was for the man thief to steal our ancestors from the coast of Africa. You should therefore now use the same manner of resistance, as would have been just in our ancestors when the bloody foot prints of the first remorseless soul thief was placed upon the shores of our fatherland.” Garnet was unique as an abolitionist, he encouraged slaves to rise up against their masters with great resistance. His idea was that each slave must show some form of resistance or progress towards freedom will never be made. Henry Highland Garnet and his famous speech represent one of the diverse ways that African Americans fought for

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