Slavery and the Constitution

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Lesson 5 Essay
Slavery and the Constitution

From the year 1780 through approximately 1815 many people in the United States were at war. While so many people were fighting for their independence the African Americans were fighting for their own freedom and independence from slavery, while being forced to fight for others freedom at the same time. Even the freed African Americans fought long and hard for their loved ones that had fallen victim to slavery. While so many people in the southern states and very few in the north were still for slavery many were hell bent against it.

Many people during this time thought that slavery should be abolished. However, just because these individuals thought slavery should be done away with does not mean that every one of them actually voiced their concerns and stood up for the slaves. For example, George Washington was a slave owner himself, but after fighting a huge battle for his own independence he soon began rethinking being a slave owner. Washington never voiced his opinion on slavery, but freed every one of his slaves in his will. Many people thought that slavery should be abolished because of the way that it violated the slave’s human rights and gave the so called masters total control and the ability to dictate. Phyllis Wheatley was one of the many people that fought for the enslaved African American. Phyllis was a writer who wrote and spoke about the injustice of slavery. James Otis was a white colonist that believed slavery was “a huge violation of the law of nature.” John Allen shares the same beliefs as Otis and did all that he could to let his voice be heard and free slaves.

Many people, especially those in the south, believed that slavery should continue. Slave owners in the south were all for slavery continuing because it was much cheaper than having to hire laborers to harvest their crops and fields. Many people in the north were supporters of slavery too, because they faced major profits...
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