Red, White, and Black Essay

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The complexities of race effected the Jacksonian era through the shrewdness of the white man’s desires for economic expansion. Democracy, during its infancy in early nineteenth century America, considered all ‘people’ as equals. However, this designation of ‘people’ excluded African and Native Americans. The institution of slavery was a return investment venture for southern planters in their greed for the production of more staple crops. Many white Americans led extravagant lifestyles from the large incomes they received from the labors of their property. Also, the controversy over removing the Native American’s from their lands portrayed the voracity in which the European Americans afflicted upon the native civilizations during the…show more content…
Therefore, the rise of the economy pivoted to issues of race while antislavery advocates held political reservations. (W- 4) Henry Clay was one of the most prominent abolitionists during the Jacksonian era and preached against the evils of slavery. Clay voiced his convictions to the American people that the longer slavery continued, the more difficult the demonic system would be to end; and as an acclaimed politician, supplemented his assertion with the human condition. Clay declared it was in a person’s nature that they were satisfied with their current state and even the African slave was acclimated to being a permanent piece of property. Clay insisted for the leaders of the nation to amend the antebellum connotation of democracy for the emancipation of all African slaves so that men could be truly happy and not deprived of their human rights. Clay, like most abolitionists in the early antebellum years, maintained that slavery ascribed prejudices that deceived the public’s bigotry of black Africans. Thus, the followers of the antislavery creed became militant in their movement in the northern portion of the United States as they denounced slavery. Yet, the majority of American citizens disliked abolitionists, even more so than slavery and Africans; as they were convinced that blacks were inferior to the ‘white’ race. In politics, a man whom criticized slavery was condemned in the south and alienated in the north. Politicians feared that the debate
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