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“The Jacobins of the Country:” African Americans and the Origins of Abolition Lecture 3 AMST 100 Spring 2011
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Agenda I. The Founders’ Disillusionment II. “The Jacobins of the Country” Key Questions: Were slaves Americans? Who decides who gets to be an American?
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I. The Founders’ Disillusionment A. A Utopian Vision of America A Republic not a Democracy Based on harsh view of human nature: Most people can’t be trusted to govern themselves and others Entrust government to a They will establish laws and policies to serve the public
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B. The White Republic But most founders believed Republic was going to be “whites only”, that Africans were unfit to be Americans Emancipation and Colonization Why? Growth of Scientific Racism Thomas Jefferson’s views: Slave owner Hated slavery because of its impact on master
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C. Disillusionment? Too much democracy Political Parties Disagreements People are too Self-interested and can’t agree on public good Benjamin Rush: The Revolution had changed “the principles and morals” of the people and allowed government to fall “into the hands of the young and ignorant and needy part of the community.”
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D. Rebellion at Home Democratic- Republican Clubs Craftsmen, small
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