Civil War And The Era Of Slavery

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Throughout the history of America, the “civilization” of slaves has been a complex issue that is often not looked at nor discussed enough in society. In its general definition, most people would think civilization is the process in which a person or animal is adapted to fit into a society. While this definition is technically correct, this is a simple example of what the word truly means. In the context of slavery, this term means the systematic dehumanization of people who were abused or imprisoned as slaves. It is the utter torture and excruciating pain that these people, who were not even considered humans, faced everyday until death. This was the justification that politicians and slave owners alike used as justification for slavery;…show more content…
This could include the right to vote, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. To this day what seem to be reasonable protections are constantly challenged by people in government and power. But an example from the past would be Martin Luther King Jr. and his fight for civil rights during the 1960’s. This man spent most of his life up until he was assassinated non-violently protesting for the equal rights for all Americans. In his “Letter From Birmingham Jail”, Dr. King explains how the lack of economic and educational resources are killing his communities: “One is a force of complacency, made up in part of Negroes who, as a result of long years of oppression, are so drained of self-respect and a sense of "somebodiness" that they have adjusted to segregation; and in part of a few middle class Negroes who, because of a degree of academic and economic security and because in some ways they profit by segregation, have become insensitive to the problems of the masses” (King Jr). Dr. King was explaining that if basic legal rights such as voting, education, and economic security were not safeguarded, the government was failing to do its job. He also mentioned that “long years of oppression”, which includes slavery, has been a major blow to the humanity of African Americans. His words still affect us today due to discrimination in the criminal justice system and well as economic inequality

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