America 's Abolition Of Slavery

976 Words Nov 21st, 2014 4 Pages
Esteban Gonzalez
Professor Dermody
U.S. History
November 16, 2014
America’s Abolition of Slavery “Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to but himself,”- John Locke. Those who are born into America today are farther and farther removed from a dark chapter in U.S. History. In America, the second you are born you have the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This wasn’t always the case. The enslaving of African American’s was a way of life in America, especially in the Southern states. Black people were either forced or born into slavery. These people had these unalienable rights stripped from them and they were at the mercy of whomever they “belonged” to. This was the way of life in the Colonies for 100’s of years until something changed. Attitudes towards Great Britain were changing as the colonies neared an inevitable revolution. The great awakening and enlightened writers such as John Locke and Thomas Paine changed the attitudes of colonials in terms of their own freedoms and rights as people themselves and although this shift in thinking wouldn’t necessarily change the attitudes toward slavery right away, it would plant the seed for an eventual fight for the abolition of slavery. The revolution essentially started as an anti-tax movement. It also centered on the America’s rights as individuals to control their own property. This property included slaves. In many ways the revolution reinforced the idea that…
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