How Slavery Impacted The Development Of The United States Between 1787 And 1840

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The definition of slavery is a person held in servitude as the chattel of another, or one that is completely passive to a dominating influence. Slavery emphasizes the component of complete ownership and control by the person whom the slave is owned. In this paper the topic is “How slavery impacted the development of the United States between 1787 and 1840” and the lasting impact it has made. Edmund Randolph stated that slaves were “not constituent members of our society (Foner 275).” What this simplifies to is that slaves weren’t considered equal to the lives of the white man. During the time period of 1787 to 1840 there were abolitionists who fought for slave rights and helped slaves enjoy some of the same legal rights as whites. These rights didn’t affect many slaves just a few in the northern states. In a nation where the highly respected political officials such as Edward Coles who had 277 slaves or President Jefferson who had more than 200 slaves sold after his death, how can a nation find it a misdoing when their leader participates also? The exploration of slavery showcases the hardships and inhumane treatment of African Americans as they built the Unites States of America without profit or honorable mention from those whom benefited from their work.
The first Congress under the Constitution received petitions demanding emancipation of slaves one bearing the “John Hancock” of Benjamin Franklin. During the year of 1787 Franklin “agreed to serve as the President of…

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