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Africans and the Other in Antebellum America

Africans and the Other in Antebellum America - HIST-143...

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HIST-143 Africans and the Other in Antebellum America: In drafting the Constitution, the founders of America chose to ignore the issue of slavery rather than outlaw it completely . In doing so, they furthered the alienation of blacks by denying their freedom, labeling them as part of an inferior group of people . Slave narratives such as the Narrative of the Life of Adventures of Henry Bibb prove a credible source of the culture before the Civil War . Americans defined their identity by establishing the Indian race as part of the savage “Other .” In the same way, the African race was considered a lower class group, incapable to conforming to the ideas of civilized nature and civic virtue . Unlike Indians, who held some sort of allure with their unusual culture, Africans were treated as property . The race driven culture of antebellum America depicted by Henry Bibb was defined by the concept of the Other as described in Creating An American Culture by Eve Kornfield; Bibb shows that although Africans did not hold the allure of the Indian culture, the idea of the Other still affected their treatment before the Civil War . After the Revolution, Americans found themselves free from British authority, but they also found themselves without the colonist identity that once had been their definition . Therefore, they created an identity out of what they thought they were not: uncivilized . “American identity, like other social identities, was constructed in
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