Slavery should be abolished on a worldwide basis, because it is an institution which relies on a belief that humans are not equal and that some humans are more intrinsically worthwhile than others. Most civilizations today acknowledge that slavery is a monstrous evil and have enacted legislation to make it illegal. Slavery is considered an international crime and a crime against humanity.
Anyone who believes, as is stated in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, that all men are created equal cannot with a clear conscience support the institution of slavery, since it is based on the presupposition that some people are inherently inferior to others. Slavery is horribly damaging to those who are enslaved, typically depriving them of basic liberties. Slaves are often mistreated physically, sexually and financially. The institution of slavery also damages the economies and infrastructure of the nations that practice it because of the violence and corruption involved in the slave trade. Slavery is seen as morally wrong by most religions and philosophies, and it is condemned as such in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Because of these clear statements, no nation is able to deny their culpability if they practice or condone slavery.Learn More
After the Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments gave former slaves new rights as citizens, but states quickly passed laws to prevent African Americans from gaining the same access to business opportunities, transportation and other facets of society that whites enjoyed. In 1896, the Plessy vs. Ferguson case legalized this practice as long as former slaves were given "separate but equal" facilities.Full Answer >
Harriet Tubman did not have any children with her spouses, but she did adopt a baby girl named Gertie. At the time of the adoption, Tubman was married to her second husband, Nelson Davis. Davis was a Civil War veteran.Full Answer >
Woodrow Wilson's "New Freedom" platform for the 1912 presidential election focused on providing support for small businessmen and small farmers while attacking the trusts, banks and tariffs. "New Freedom" subsequently became what his entire 1912-1916 presidential term was referred to after he won the election.Full Answer >
The Trail of Tears took place towards the start of the 1830s with President Andrew Jackson in office. Almost 125,000 Native Americans were forced, by the United States federal government, to move from Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida and make the long march to new land west of the Mississippi River.Full Answer >