The Legacy Of America 's History

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Abraham Lincoln described how “[a] house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved- I do not expect the house to fall- but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or another” (Abraham). Lincoln believed that America was torn apart due to issues beyond the mere segregation of race. Slavery affected the lives of over 12.5 million African Americans, where only 10.7 million survived the Middle Passage while being brought to the United States (Jr., Henry). It is undeniable that the American system allowed innocent people to be treated and punished in this inhumane way. It is simply a major flaw in America’s history. To this day, many people wonder how humans can set themselves apart from others, treating people of color as low as animals for their entire life. It is still a major controversy to this day, where the theme of treating races equally comes up in major productions like the Oscars. New York Times talked about the issue of diversity, stating that “For the second year in a row, no black actors have been nominated...overlooking the work of actors, writers, directors, and other film professionals who are people of color” (Gay). In the novel Beloved, author Toni Morrison captures the audience into a historical metafiction about different characters that went through the horrors of being enslaved. The author takes the readers through…
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