African American Leaders Post- Reconstruction Essay

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In 1854 Abraham Lincoln gave his Peoria, Kansas speech opposing slavery stating the Kansas Act had a "declared indifference, but as I must think, a covert real zeal for the spread of slavery, I cannot but hate it. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because” it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world”. Abraham Lincoln became the sixteenth President of the United States in 1861. Growing up in non-slave territories as a child and disapproving of slavery, Lincoln had little support in the South. With the country moving forward into a new capitalist society through modernization, new workers would be needed. The South, dependent on slave labor that Lincoln opposed begin to…show more content…
I have here stated my purpose, according to my view of official duty; and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free”. In 1863 Lincoln issued the Emancipation freeing slaves whom belonged to the Confederacy, he had no control over and allowing the freedom of former slaves. The Emancipation Proclamation allowed freed slaves into the United States military Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born a slave in 1818 on the eastern shores of Maryland, becoming a companion of the slave owner’s children. After the death of Aaron Anthony the plantation master, Frederick was sent to Baltimore to work for Hugh and Sophia Auld. At the age of twelve years old Sophia Auld began to teach Frederick how to read despite it being against the law in Maryland. In 1837 Frederick meant Anna Murray a free black woman who would become his wife. With a desire to be free, Frederick decided to run away with the help of Anna by pretending to be a sailor and living off savings to cover costs. Dropping his two middle names and changing his last name to Douglass he arrives in New York at the home of an abolitionist. Of his arrival, he wrote “I have often been asked how I felt when first I found myself on free soil. And my readers may share the same curiosity. There is scarcely anything in my experience about which I could not give a more satisfactory answer. A new world had opened upon me. If

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