Liberty Is The State Of Being Free Within Society

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Liberty is the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one 's way of life, behavior, or political views. Slavery in the United States played an enormous role in building the country we all live in today. This dark part of our nation’s history affected the lives of thousands of African people who were taken from their homelands and families to be forced to work on farms and factories without pay and to be thought of as no more than farm equipment or property. Even though many of these oppressed people did not experience freedom or liberty in their lifetime, they desired it greatly and fought hard to secure a better life than theirs for the future of their children and families. The way they fought back against slavery was through slave revolts, runaway slaves, and ordinary acts of resistance. It was very ironic that while American colonists were trying to gain independence from Great Britain and establish themselves as a new nation with equal rights to all people, that they still did not consider slavery to be a crime against human rights. Especially since the colonists thought they deserved these rights that Great Britain was keeping them from. One way African slaves fought back against slavery was by revolting. The Stono Rebellion of 1739, was a slave uprising in South Carolina that led to a severe tightening of the slave code and the temporary imposition of a prohibitive tax on imported slaves. Nat Turner Rebellion was one
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