The Antebellum Period Of American History Essay example

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When we think of Antebellum Slavery the first thing that comes to mind is slaves and masters; while this may be a correct thought, there is so much more detail about their interpersonal relationships under the surface. The Antebellum Period in American history was a period before the civil war, also known as “pre-war” from 1820 to 1860. This was a time of very significant changes that took place in the United States under expansion and division in the states. Changes such as the institution of slavery spreading south and the cotton era had begun. As slavery spread to the south there was an increase in the number of slaveholders. Before the Antebellum Era more than half of the whites in the south did not own any slaves, yet alone, support it. As this period progressed there was a decrease in the number of small slaveholders. Most of them owned less than 5 but as slaves were sold and bought this statistic increased plenty. In Fredrick Douglass’ Narrative he talks about his struggle for freedom and justice from the Antebellum period and his encounters with his masters. His narrative carries us through his early childhood to his victory escape from slavery. Fredrick Douglass was born into Slavery as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey in Talbot County, Maryland around 1817 or 1818. His mother was Harriet Talbot, a literate slave, and his father a white man whom he had no recollection of. At a young age he was sent to be a house servant at a home in Baltimore but escaped…

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