Another important idea that is being discussed in this reading is that in the

Another important idea that is being discussed in

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Another important idea that is being discussed in this reading is that in the early drafts of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote a paragraph talking about the slavery as a “cruel war against human nature itself” meaning that the Britain forced Colonies to have slavery which was cruel and inhumane. However, this version of the draft been excluded from the Declaration because of objections of Jefferson’s fellow slave holders and slavery was the main source of economy in the United States. This is another example of how the Constitution limited the rights of African Americans. 1
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Jamshidov I think that the author is trying to say that the United States Constitution did not protect African American rights when it was signed, but later the nation was more anti-slavery and the Constitution gradually started to protect African American rights with the start of the Civil War. I agree with the author’s saying that the Constitution was changed over time from supporting slavery to protecting African American rights because during the late 18 th and early 19 th centuries, Constitution was mostly not protecting blacks with the laws such as Fugitive Slave Act, but after the Civil War with the increased disregard to slavery more laws came out that protected African American rights. The author also points out that the former slave and anti- slavery speaker, Frederick Douglass came to believe that the Constitution was not pro-slavery, but it was altered to favor slave-holders who were the government officials in the early years of the Constitution. From this reading, I learned that the Constitution was not pro-slavery, but the government officials were mostly pro-slavery. This essentially means that slaves were not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution but every majority white people knew that slavery should exist. 2
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  • Spring '14
  • Allen,James
  • United States Declaration of Independence, Slavery in the United States, American Civil War, African American Rights, The Declaration of Independence

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