Post-slavery Curtail To American People
In the 1800s the African population was able to accomplish a feat no other race had accomplished in America. They had abolished something so ordinary at the time, that in today’s era could be looked at as ordinary as using telephones. Although ordinary at the time, slavery constantly caused so much irreversible damage to families that they had to find an alternative. The abolishment of slavery could have not occurred in America if it weren’t for the brave resistance of the African people in America. With works from many brilliant activists such as Booker T. Washington in “Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition Speech” and W.E.D. Du Bois in “The Souls of Black Folk”, we can learn more about the effects of slavery. Although slavery was abolished in 1865, the African population in America still endured racism by Euro-Americans.
Although racism was abolished in 1865 the African citizens in America were still vulnerable to scrutiny despite their class or gender. In The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois in the first sentence he talks about an unasked question: “unasked by some through feelings of delicacy… How does it feel to be a problem”(W.E.B. Dubois, 1903, p. 62). From this quote it’s obvious that the African people felt they had an aura that Euro-Americans loved to feed on and antagonize. W.E.B. Du Bois combats these harassments by saying, “I answer seldom a word”, meaning he rarely answered. As a child W.E.B. Du Bois was also targeted for racism post-abolishment of slavery when he realized he was different from all the other children (W.E.B. Dubois, 1903, p. 62). W.E.B Du Bois stated, “Then it dawned upon me with a certain suddenness that I was different from the others; or like, mayhap, in heart and life and longing, but shut out from their world by a vast veil” (W.E.B. Dubois, 1903, p. 62). In this quote W.E.B. Du Bois feels a vast veil is covering him from the rest of the world, depriving him of opportunities. W.E.B. Du Bois had struggled with racism at a young age meant that even age could have not protected African Americans from the ongoing pressure of racism after slavery.
While racism was still present in America post-abolishment of slavery, many can still form the argument saying that is not the case. Using the primary source “Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition Speech ” by Booker T. Washington, some can argue that if the African population in America was still targeted for racism how come Booker T. Washington instead of opposing or threatening Euro-Americans comes to a different conclusion. Booker T. Washington says, “To those of my race who depend on bettering their condition in a foreign land… I would say cast down your bucket where you are – cast it down in making friends in every manly way of the people of all races by whom we are surrounded” (Booker T. Washington, 1895, p. 59). Booker T. Washington talks about how instead of despising relations with the Southern white man a closer relationship is needed for both races to prosper.
The matter of the fact is that Booker T. Washington understands the importance of this relationship. Booker T. Washington understands like W.E.B. Du Bois that suffering is needed to grow. Booker T. Washington states this, “The wisest among my race understand that the agitation of questions of social equality is the extremist folly and that progress in the enjoyment of all the privileges will come to us, must be the result of severe and constant struggle, rather than of artificial forcing” (Booker T. Washington, 1895, p. 61). W.E.B. Du Bois talks about this constant struggle that Booker T. Washington says that is needed for the relationship between these two races to strengthen. W.E.B. Du Bois says “He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit on by his fellows, without having the doors of Opportunity closed roughly in his face” (W.E.B. Dubois, 1903, p. 63).
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois not only knew there was still racism going on after slavery, they believed “It is at the bottom of life we must begin and not at the top” (Booker T. Washington, 1895, p. 60). Although unfair they understood that to make it to the top they had to work hard. Booker T. Washington stated, “we shall stand by you with a devotion that no foreigner can approach, ready to lay down our lives, if need be in defense of yours, interlacing our industrial, commercial, civil and religious life with your in a way that shall make the interests of both races one” (Booker T. Washington, 1895, p. 60), that mindset could have not only been used in his time but in today’s modern era also.
Slavery. We associate slavery with the nineteenth century trade of Africans across the Atlantic ocean and that it was abolished then. But was it really ever abolished? Slavery itself has always been considered a third world problem when really it happens at every corner of the world, right under our noses. We don’t seem to notice or apprehend that it still exists. How did we let modern slavery into our everyday lives? Is it our fault, as consumers, that this...
Slavery can be defined as a condition in which one human being was owned by another which meant a slave was considered by law as property, consequently depriving them of most of the rights held by free persons. The slave systems in Africa consisted of internal practices such as Political slavery which was the use of slaves in government/ military, Productive slavery which was the use of slaves in production and Domestic slavery, the use of slaves within households. A...
Perhaps among the many global issues we face today, modern slavery is undeniably one of the most vile and unfortunate problems in the world affecting millions. While many people do not realize the magnitude of this global problem, slavery affects individuals all over the world given that it exists in almost every country and takes on many different forms such as forced labor, domestic servitude, debt bondage, sex trafficking, child soldiers, child brides, and several other forms as well. The...
During the 1700’s and a large portion of the 1800’s, slavery was a huge issue in the United States. There were many reasons for this, such as the inhabilita of the state and federal government to come to an agreement, but it was mainly because of the minds of northerners and southerners who wouldn’t change their views on slavery. Northerners knew that it was wrong to treat human beings as pieces of property, regardless of the color of their skin....
Slavery, when we hear this word the first thing that comes in mind, is a person that can be a woman, man or a kid forced to work without his or her willingness. It can be anything from a kid working as a domestic worker, a man working as labor, because of debts, human trafficking, forced begging and many more. In India, this is a common thing poor people under debt working for the landlords, kids working in small restaurants...
One hundred fifty years ago, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to put an end to slavery. According to the Britannica, slavery is a “condition in which one human being was owned by another.” Although it’s illegal now, there are many different kinds of slavery still present today such as sex trafficking, child marriage, forced labor, debt bondage, and also child soldiers. These forms of slavery continue to exist due to political, economic, and social reasons. An estimated amount of...
INTRODUCTION In the 21st Century, Slavery, even though formally abolished, is now at levels that exceed the prevalence of it in recent centuries, as this issue has become less obvious. Human Trafficking is the contemporary version of the traditional forms of slavery, continuing to be exercised on a global scale, despite the implementation of both international legislation, along with domestic legislation established in almost every country. However, the power of state sovereignty overrides the ability of any international interference to...
Abstract During 1619 slavery started and even though it ended, African-Americans still endured abuse. Laws were put in place to help African-Americans be freer like the 13th and 14th amendment. However, the Jim Crow Laws kept everyone segregated. The Civil Rights movement took place and the Brown vs. Board of Education was a cornerstone to desegregation. Slavery ended in 1865 and segregation ended in 1968. It took 300 years for equal rights and due to the laws, we have in...
Inikori’s initial estimates of slave voyages accounting for 63 percent of premiums earned by the British marine insurance industry has been corrected and new estimates argue that it was only 7 percent . However, these new estimates only account for the insurance premiums of ships merely transporting slaves but does not account for insurance premiums gained for the whole marine industry, which during that period of time was inextricably linked to the slavery industry. The calculations for the total insurance...
01 / 09
Fair Use Policy
EduBirdie considers academic integrity to be the essential part of the learning process and does not support any violation of the academic standards. Should you have any questions regarding our Fair Use Policy or become aware of any violations, please do not hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are here 24/7 to write your paper in as fast as 3 hours.