Responses to Various Post
Response 1: To what extent could the United States between 1776 and 1865 be described as “a house divided against itself”?
I think the author makes a detailed report about the situation in America after the revolution war highlighting the numerous conflicts between societies that rocked America. After emerging victorious against the colonial master Britain in the American Revolution war, America was breathing freedom. However, not all Americans were free indeed. The author appropriately uses the narrative of Jupiter Nicholson to narrate the experiences of African Americans. Jupiter Nicholas resonates the experiences of blacks in America after emancipation that began with the victory against colonial masters Britain.
I agree with the writer’s opinion that despite being labeled free, African Americans were constant targets of violence and been forced back to slavery. White settlers of the south felt that the institution of slavery was being undermined. Nicholson narrates of his tale as a slave, emancipated citizen, and the way he does not enjoy freedom despite being labeled free. Soon after the emancipation, white supremacists began formulating oppressive legislation that undermined the autonomy of African Americans.
It is agreeable that the Nicholson tale contradicts the founding principles of the American nation that stipulate that all men be born equal. The North Carolina incidences reveal some of the threats African Americans experienced during the slavery era and after the American Revolution war. The author succeeds in highlighting the injustices and oppression against people of race. The tale exposes the horrific experiences of slaves in the hands of Confederate southern states that advocated for the vice as a means of sustaining their businesses. Although America had earned its freedom, not all Americans enjoyed equal opportunities and freedom uniformly. While the white supremacist advocated for white ideologies, civil rights leaders and black champions advocated for fair treatment for the African Americans. The tale succeeds in exposing the risks that faced African Americans during and even after slavery.
Response 2: In what ways did the “Underground Railroad” contribute to the abolition of slavery in the United States?
I strongly agree with the author’s sentiments that the slavery era, preceded by the slave trade stands as one of the most significant events of American history. Much of America’s narratives about freedom highlight the role of the slavery institution. The underground railway is one prominent feature of the struggle for emancipation in America. The underground trail serves as an essential link channel that former slaves and enslaved persons used to escape the horrific environment and experiences in the South. The underground railway is the culmination of plans hatched by the anti-slave champions to facilitate the movement of slaves and former slaves. The name underground is symbolic of how illegal the entire project was considering how prestigious slaves were in the southern confederates. The fugitive slave laws further made the channel dangerous since slaves were treated as stolen goods.
I strongly agree with the author that the Underground Railroad contributed significantly to the struggle for liberty for African Americans. The author describes the route of the underground channel in such a clear way to paint the challenges slaves and fugitives went through in the pursuit of liberty. The underground circuit was the safest route for African Americans to arrive at the more liberal North America. The majority of the fugitives settled in the new America in Connecticut while others settled in Massachusetts. In their new settlement, former slaves and other abolitionists formed the abolitionist movement that sought to eradicate the slavery institutions.
I think the author highlights the various techniques used by the American anti-slavery society to pursue their ambitions like taking legal and political activities, colonization schemes, and portraying the slavery unit as a sin to challenge more people to join the abolitionist movement and advocate for justice and fair treatment of African Americans. Other avenues employed included delivering public speeches, publications against slavery, legal suits, and petitions against the General Assembly and the United States Congress. Besides, the author highlights the role of the underground channel in helping move slaves and former slaves to liberty.
Response 3. Evaluate the contributions of Dr W.E.B. Du Bois’ “The Souls of Black Folk” to the Harlem Renaissance
I think the author is successful in bringing out the main points in W.E.B. Du Bois narrative of The Souls of Black Folk and its contribution to the Harlem Renaissance. The review articulately brings out the plight of the black race in a way no one ever did. The tale unearths the rot in society and the prevalent injustices against black people. He reveals the decay in the white supremacist ideology that propagated the oppression of the blacks while also telling the tribulations of African Americans in a white society. Through his writing, the author articulately presents Du Bois contribution that challenges the authority to respond adequately to the current affairs. Du Bois set the precedence that would emerge as the ideals leading to the Harlem Renaissance. In his book, Du Bois clearly illustrates that the black society was suffering and indeed something had to be done and done quickly. Du Bois is successful in [painting the real image of blacks’ lives in the community. He challenges the authorities to dispel the individual rights enshrined in the constitution indiscriminately.
I agree with the author that Du Bois is hailed for using artistic and literary forms as a powerful weapon to challenge the injustice and inequalities in the African American society. In his writings, he presents some of the primary tenets that define the race population in America. Du Bois book served as the gateway for other authors, poets, and artists to express the plight of African Americans in different forms. Du Bois book succeeds in inspiring the reader to think about the conditions of the black population in various settings while also inspiring writers to explore different ways of artistic expressions.
I admire the way the author presents the contribution of Du Bois through his writing to inspire other writers and artists to agitate for freedom and fair treatment of the African American population.