The Necessary Evil That United The Colonies. Slavery Is

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The Necessary Evil That United The Colonies Slavery is an important part of the United States history, using White, Native American, and black African American slaves, it helped build this country in its beginning. Ultimately it was one of the worst atrocities in history. The inhumanity of it is still affecting the country today. So why did it take so long to abolish it when a majority of the Founding Fathers, while having slaves themselves, where apposed to it? Why did they not use their power to make a stand when they fought for this countries freedom in the revolutionary war? The Founding Fathers given the circumstances made a choice to not abolish slavery and intern accomplish the more important goal, at that time, of uniting the…show more content…
This was not the case however; instead it was left to the individual colony to decide the fait of slavery. Each colony had it’s own laws and standards towards slavery causing a lot of confusion and injustice even amongst freed slaves. During the war and the years to follow their were many free black men and women that had many of the rights, including the right to vote, the Declaration of Independence spoke of. There were also many more black slaves, that had no rights at all, causing there to be a lot of confusion and contradicting laws from colony to colony. The Colonies did not come to a common consensus until 1787 when the Constitution was ratified. Slavery was a very controversial matter when the Constitution was ratified in 1787. There were many prominent members, such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who owned slaves, but detested it. James Madison went as far as to say that “distinction of color” had become the basis for “the most oppressive dominion ever exercised by man over man” (Foner 260). Even though there were many colonies, especially the Northern colonies, that wished to see slavery abolished there were those colonies that strongly fought to continue slavery. These colonies, which included South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia, threatened to leave the union if their demands of slavery were not met. Their demands included restricting Congresses power to levy taxes within the states, against slave
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