1776 To 1852 Dbq

1079 Words 5 Pages
During the period of 1776 to 1852, the opposition of slavery grew in the United States of America for various reasons. Among the numerous efforts of this movement were the issues of westward expansion, the abolition campaign, and the influence of literature. The original thirteen colonies of the United States were inevitable to expand into the west. The United States Constitution, which was established in 1787, did not state anything about slavery. It was a wide held belief that as the country expands, slavery shall not be continued along with it. Document A states that slavery was already emancipated in the North and prohibited in the Northwest Territory due to the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. State constitutions and laws also prohibited …show more content…
The majority of abolitionists resided in the northern states and followed the Quaker belief. Benjamin Rush, a prominent physician and an abolitionist reformer was willing to raise the proper money for the freedom of Reverend Mr. Gloucester and his family (Document C.) Rush even provided a church for the Reverend, so he can accomplish his duty in faith. In his letter to the Reverend, Rush stated that “… By the present census it appears that blacks in our city will amount to more than 2,000 souls. Their late great increase is from migration from the southern states.” (Document C) Colored population was rising in the north and received an unfavorable judgment from the American Colonization Society. The society presented various petitions to congress but was unsuccessful in its attempt to colonize Africa (Document D.) They did not support slavery, but did not want to share their land either with slaves from Africa or the West Indies. Their attempt to colonize Africa failed because the majority of slaves were already accustomed to life in America. The journey to Africa was also dangerous; it alone resulted in numerous deaths. Most of all, the uneducated former slaves were unable to colonize Africa because they had no proper training and were already

Related Documents