The Slavery Of The United States Essay

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Slavery of Africans has been brewing up since the early 1600’s. The first African slaves were brought To Jamestown, Virginia to help with the growth and production of crops. Slavery continued to be practiced and African slaves eventually helped build the foundation of the new nation. It wasn’t until the early 1800’s that slavery became an issue between the southern and northern territories. There were several abolitionist and antislavery people who wanted slavery to end and to be abolished. One of those men was Fredrick Douglas. Fredrick Douglas was a former slave who escape his master and eventually gained his freedom. Then there was Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was a senator of Illinois and eventually became the sixteenth president of the United States. From an early age Lincoln believed slavery was wrong. These two men were similar in some ways but in other ways they were very different. Lincoln and Douglas were similar in one big way. Both men disliked slavery and wished for it to be gone and abolished. They both agreed that there were no constitutional right to own slaves. In 1858 Lincoln declared “I have always hated slavery” “I think as much as an abolitionist” (The Radical and the Republican pg.41). Lincoln like Douglas opposed slavery and spoke out about it openly as much as possible. They wanted people to know that they believed slavery was wrong. Lincoln believed that any working man, whatever race, should be entitled to any of their workings. Meaning if…

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