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Anti Vs. Pro SlaveryDuring different time periods, there were many famous people that used two famous documents; the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States to criticizeor defend slavery. This all began in the nineteenth century when the sentiment in the United States was being split into having slaves or not having slaves. The debate was between the south that wanted there to be slavery because of the labor they needed done. On the other hand, people in the north were against slavery because they believed it was not acceptable to hold people captive. It was not only the people from the north that taught slavery needed to come to a halting stop. According to the American Yawp, “American Quakers began to question slavery as early asthe late seventeenth century and worked with British reformers in the successful campaign that ended the slave trade.”1I agree with the north on how slavery was unmoral, but they were constantly debating with the south on the moral and legal significance of having or not having slaves by using the Declaration on Independence and the Constitution of the United States.Both regions were going to determine it in their own way somehow. It was always complicated for citizens to determine what would happen, but “the debate over slavery became one of the prime forces behind the Texas Revolution and the resulting republic’s annexation to the United States.”2The Texas Revolution was a rebellion of colonists from the United States and Tejanos in putting up armed resistance to the centralist government of Mexico. There was a constant debate about what was the absolute best for our country. The north wanted one thing, but the south wanted another thing for our country even if it was not morally good. This led into even the slaves fighting back for freedom, which also may have made things worse. 1 The American Yawp Reader, 2 The American Yawp Reader,
In the north, it was frowned upon to enslave anyone, of any race, to serve you and your family. David Walker was a man, who was free, but one of his parents was enslaved. He used theDeclaration of Independence to explain that these people were cruel to the ones that they enslaved. He stated that “compare your own language above, extracted from your own Declaration on Independence, with your cruelties and murders inflicted by your cruel and unmerciful fathers and yourselves on our fathers and on us—men who have never given your father or you the least provocation.”3He was able to have a positive impact on others by openingtheir eyes to what slavery really was. Even though, the perspective was as a black man, his comments were broadly applicable to all forms of slavery and indentured servitude.

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