Social inequality in 1820s Essay

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Social inequality in 1820s Social equality has been a goal of America since its very beginning. However, it was only an intention to be socially equal, but not a goal. Social equality or the fact that all men were created equal only applied to the white man. There was no intention in meaning that the blacks and Indians or even the women were equal. In the eyes of the delegates, and the common white majority, blacks, indians, and women were not an issue. To them, it was apparent that blacks were kids, Indians were savages, and women were homemakers. From the late 18th century to the mid 19th century was the greatest era of social and racial inequality in all American history. The Declaration of Independence states, "We hold these…show more content…
He was a child whom somebody had to look after." - W.J. Cash, The Mind of the South, pg. 85. Blacks were considered children. Social Equality cannot be achieved if inferiority is placed upon a race. Through the eyes of the Southerners, they believed that they were in fact saving the Black man from hell and his own savagery. Social and Racial Equality in the south was incredibly hard to obtain because blacks were considered childish, stupid, inferior, and hell-bound without the white man's help. On page 83 of The Mind of the South, W.J. Cash states, "The black man occupied the position of a domestic animal. without will or right of is own." And yes, the black man did play the role of a domestic animal, he was stripped of liberities, property, and will by the whites. The black man PLAYED the role of a domestic animal, but he was not a domestic animal. The institution of slavery brought the blacks to the lowest class possible, the slave class, they had no respect, no equality, no rights. It took the will of abolitionists, white and black, along with the power of war to end slavery, and another 100 years for blacks to gain their rights. "Are the Great Principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in teh Declaration of Independence, extended to us?... What to the American slave is your 4th of July? I answer, a day that reveals to him more than all other days of the year,
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