Roshna Ansari AFPRL The Root of the Problem: How the Proslavery Constitution Shaped American Race and Relations Beginning in the early 1900’s race has always been a drastic controversy amongst the people of the United States. The relationship between race and the constitutional order has always been discussed and debated but in my opinion never really fully solved. W.E.B Dubois a great black scholar always talked about the tragedy that African American people faced and will continue to face. The enslavement and torture they experienced was inhumane and barbaric. Although the idea that “all men are equal” seems to be very much practiced in the United States, I believe that there is still a sense of dishonor and negligence in the African Americans amongst others. In the article, the author disputes Thomas Jefferson's view and attitude towards African Americans. Throughout his life, Jefferson always believed that slavery was a moral depravity and a hideous blot. He believed that slavery was one huge threat to society. Jefferson conceived to believe that slavery went against the law of nature; the right to personal liberty. In my opinion, slavery leads society to be unbalanced and uncivilized. Every example in history shows that it brings resentment from the slaves. The idea of slavery is giving people inhuman characteristics which deny the moral laws of nature. Slavery has no benefit, only drawbacks in every way in the society. Jefferson was one of the first southern politicians that fought against slavery. Other southerners believed slavery had a huge economic impact in the South. The Southerners relied on slave labor because it was the foundation of their economy. The cotton economy would collapse. The tobacco crop would dry in the fields. Rice would cease being profitable. Defenders of
slavery also argued that if all the slaves were freed, there would be widespread unemployment and chaos. This would lead to uprisings, bloodshed, and anarchy. On the contrary, I strongly disagree with this argument because the mistreatment of people and unethical thought of abusing humans does not give anyone the right to use it for there economic benefit, even if it affects a nation. Slavery denies the rightful pay and takes away the freedom of one. Slavery is a crime against those who are enslaved because there exploited and denied life privileges. Slavery was
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- Spring '14
- Criminal Justice, Slavery in the United States, American Civil War