African Americans’ time in the United States came with some great adversities in their way. While a good amount of African Americans were listed into slavery due its expansion around 1775 to 1830, many still found a way to gain their freedom and leave slavery. There are several reasons which contributed in free African Americans and enslaved African Americans both existing around the same time and how the responded to their struggles. Abilities for African Americans to find freedom grew, but it did not mean they were treated with the same rights as the whites. One way blacks were allowed freedom was if they served in the British army and government (Document A). Despite being granted freedom, blacks were not able to vote and own land (Document B). They also felt is they had no say in anything at all (Document B). Even in the country’s own constitution, the rights of black men were not listed and were thus ignored. On the streets, free blacks would be insulted by the whites and black places would look less prestigious compared to white places (Document I). The whites went as far as to consider blacks to be the “third race”. Another way African Americans could be free is by purchasing their own freedom from their slave owners (Document F). Fighting and violence was one way blacks believed freedom could be gained (Document G). Blacks often stole food from their owners, pretended to be sick and even stopped working as a way to be free. Rebellions such as Nat Turner’s rebellion, Stono rebellion and Denmark Vesey’s uprising attempted to gain freedom for blacks, but ultimately failed and resulted in deaths of many blacks. A violent overthrow of whites was also considered for the blacks (Document J). Whenever freedom was achieved for African Americans, they still had to put up with not having the same rights as others. Enslaved African Americans faced different challenges than free African Americans around 1775-1830. By the 1820s and 1830s, slave population...
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