HIS 141-U.S. History to 1877
Throughout history, slavery has been a shameful blot in the morality of humanity. This heinous act has been outlawed everywhere on the earth but as Ronald Reagan once said: “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” (Reagan 12). It is of utmost importance to research how dreadful slavery was, giving each American the knowledge to prevent it from ever being put into legal practice again (Reid 3). Through the use of primary sources related to slavery and those affected by it, an in-depth message will be developed as an educational tool to be sure that slavery is an institute that will never be considered acceptable in the United States. Key Person
Below is an image of Frederick Douglass, the great leader for social equality before, during and after the civil war (Reid 22). Born into slavery, Douglass had a deep understanding of how truly awful slavery was first hand, being a former slave himself at the time the portrait was taken. Although the exact photographer is unknown, this majestic portrait, believed to have been taken around 1855, shows a man whose dignified posture, forceful gaze, and determined expression proved the merit of his cause (Daniel 1).
This can be seen as a primary source, supported by its authenticity by the Metropolitan Museum of Art as being definitely created around 1855 (Daniel 1). Douglass, being the great American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman he was stands as an important piece in history. Because of this, this photo is a grand representation of an excellent primary source for historians.
Statement from a Key Figure and Description
“The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her August claims has been born of earnest struggle. ... If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet...