The Radical And The Republican By James Oakes Essay

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The United States in the mid-19th century was as divided as ever. Conflict between anti- slavery North and pro-slavery South arose due to new states forming and whether slavery would be implemented into these new states. There was also division inside these two groups, more specifically, the Anti Slavery North. The Abolitionists were divided into two groups, the Radical Abolitionists, headlined by Frederick Douglas and William Lloyd Garrison, and the Anti-Slavery Republicans, headlined by Abraham Lincoln. The book, The Radical and the Republican, by James Oakes focuses on the impact that Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln had on each other through their different views which led to the abolition of slavery. Frederick Douglas was born a slave in Maryland, he later escaped to freedom and shortly after became one most vital abolitionist in the United States. Along with Douglas was William Lloyd Garrison, writer of the newspaper, the liberator. These two men were the leading figures of the Radical Abolitionists. The Radical Abolitionists did not trust politicians as they believed that the United States Constitution was a pro-slavery document because of things like the 3/5 compromise and the Fugitive Slave act. They also believed in the immediate emancipation of slaves. Abraham Lincoln said that he always hated slavery from a very young age. When he was younger, he was a rail-splitter and imagined being forced to do it for free, which made him put slavery into perspective.…

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