Sayeda ChoudhuryAPUSH1/21/18    Slavery has always been the subject of heated debate and has caused a great division between races in the past. Many came to the realization of how unjust slavery is and began to gradually oppose slavery. This had been going on from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s. Many underlying events contributed to this opposition and brought people to the realization that humans should not be ranked in such a way that dehumanizes some from others. This later resulted in white Americans beginning to protest against slavery because they were not benefiting from slavery in any way.    Since the colonial period, slavery was evidently unmoral and this belief that it should not longer be allowed just continued to grow over the years. Document A clearly visualizes how Northern states, like New Jersey and Rhode Island, gradually emancipated slavery. Because of the way their economy was set up, the use of slaves was not in high demand due to how industrialized the area was. This was the complete opposite of how the South functioned as they required slaves to work on the plantation farms. Although the abolishment of slavery in the North was not efficient enough to end it throughout the country, it did help other states realize they did not need slaves  and also was just the beginning to major actions against slavery.The first anti-slavery organization in the New World was established by Pennsylvania Quakers during the colonial period.    The court case Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Nathaniel Jennison from 1783 upheld the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts. It claimed that “all men are born free and equal—and  that every subject is entitled to liberty…as well as life and property.” (Document B) This was the first documented decision that proved the abolition movement began in Massachusetts. Document C puts a situation into an illustration: an African American is given $500 to build himself a church. This demonstrated that the people were realizing that blacks are entitled to the same amount of rights as them and were not afraid to help them get back on their feet. The establishment of a church would help the entire community and bring unity among them, regardless of their skin tone, they can still be united by religion and faith. Document E shows William Lloyd Garrison believed “all the rights and privileges that belong to them as men, and as Americans” and he strongly believed in ending slavery throughout the county. Garrison was well known for being the editor of an anti-slavery newspaper called “The Liberator” in which he strongly expressed his beliefs of slavery being immoral. Newspapers and other forms of media, like books, were used to bring social awareness to the public. Harriet Beecher Stowe published “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” which had angered whites express their opinions against slavery by emphasizing the suffering including suffering of a slave family. (Document J)     Regardless of all the controversy over slavery, it strongly shapes American history and the growing opposition against it has been bringing more people to fight for slaves rights. 


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