The United States Of America Essays

1304 Words Apr 26th, 2016 6 Pages
The United States of America proclaimed their independence to Great Britain and the world on July 4, 1776. Each year on that very day, millions of Americans celebrate the beloved day where we attained our independence to create our own country, but how we celebrate today is far different than many “citizens” did over a hundred years ago. In the early years of the United States, Black slaves did not go into Independence Day with enthusiasm, they were denied rights and controlled as property by people of the upper class, and denied voices in society. Black slaves were not allowed to vote, own property, or even live their lives freely and in the way they want. Black slaves were not even considered “people” in the eyes of many White folks, especially in the South, leading to the battle between the North and the South over the battle of slavery. Slavery was not abolished until over a hundred years after the proclamation of independence, leading to debates, war, and violence. Through the contrasting feelings of James Hammond and Abraham Lincoln over the MudSill Theory, and the proslavery views of John C. Calhoun compared to those of escaped slave Frederick A. Douglass, the battle over slavery symbolizes the hostility in the United States, later proving how slavery is morally wrong. Addressing the United States Senate on March 4, 1858, James Hammond presented his well known “MudSill Theory” which offered to the Senate his open view on the issue of slavery. As a Southerner,…

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