Henry Highland Garnet 's And Frederick Douglass 's View On Slavery

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Before delving into the observations of Henry Highland Garnet’s and Frederick Douglass’s view on slavery, it is first important to discuss how slaves were generally viewed. During the 19th century, slaves had one goal and one goal only: to flee north. The voyage to freedom was anything but easy. Because of the perceived disloyalty a runaway slave display towards his/her owner, slave owners often issues bounties for the retrieval of their slaves. If the slave were returned, they would surely be hanged, tortured, or starved to death to illustrate to other slaves the consequences of a disloyal servant. Supporters of slavery believed that if slavery was abolished, then the economy in the south would plummet faster than a shooting star. Because of the unprecedented revenue the South received from cotton sales, the majority of their reliance was on slave labor. However, abolitionists such as Garnet and Douglass not only believe that a black man had equal worth to a white man, but they also firmly demanded that a change be brought about. Over time, abolitionist became more persistent in their demands, fueling many intellectual discussions. Amongst these intellectual discussions was Garnet’s unsuccessful but brilliant speech addressing slaves and Douglas’s historic speech on the meaning of the fourth of July to a slave. Born a slave, Henry Highland Garnet was very well educated and was known best for his skills as a public speaker. Garnet and his parents escaped slavery by means of…
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