Blog #2

During our second week we had learned things I hadn’t been taught before. It was a shock to me to hear how slavery was much worse as I had thought. It was very interesting to get a deeper look in several different view points through the chapters and the lecture. It was interesting to hear how different the Norths view on slavery compared to the Souths view, it shocked me to read that the laws put into place but didn’t really do much about slavery. Slavery is a strong topic to read about but it definitely should be taught differently throughout high school. I was personally taught that the north was good and the south was bad but that just simply isn’t true, both sides were guilty.

This brings up a question, “when was slavery actually abolished?” Now that I’m aware that it didn’t end when I thought it did I am curious as to when it was actually banned and illegal.

When I started researching this question I found that the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t fully free slaves. I found that it only granted freedom to slaves if the Union won the war, I didn’t know this because high school genuinely taught that this is where it ended. Although it was a start of the abolishment of slavery, it wasn’t the end. Doing some more research I came across the 13th amendment, this amendment was put into play on January 31, 1865. This is when slavery was abolished in the united states. The amendment reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Before this slavery was still very much a thing and I had thought it was gone. After researching this it made me feel more knowledgeable and happy that I know when it became banned. Slavery is a touchy subject yet, very interesting to see the way people acted toward others, I look forward to learning more about it so I can get a full understanding of the truth.

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  1. This is a strong research question that taps into the uneven development of abolition in the United States. As you pointed out, the geographic distinctions were not as pronounced as we might think they were, and the timeline of abolition was a slow and gradual process. The 13th Amendment was more of a result of cumulating efforts of resistance and legislation– and even then, problems and the legacy of slavery persisted.

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