is hard because your brain is so fixated towards the normal procedures. People
resist change because it brings feelings of fear of the unknown. Leading a
change takes a lot of courage. In the late 19th century, abolition
of slavery was a prominent topic talked around all over the United States.
Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglass, and Harriet Beecher Stowe were key factors
in leading the change of American society, primarily slavery. Lincoln, as
president, fought for equal rights. Douglass, a former slave, fought for equal
rights as well. Stowe, an author, gave propaganda to win the hearts of American
citizens. These three influencers devoted their hardships and struggles to have
the rightful future for America.
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the
United States, led a key point of the fight for abolishing slavery. He
suggested that the death wrought by the war was retribution to the United States
for slavery. It was “the Almighty,” Lincoln announced, who had forced
the retaliation — a “relentless scourge of war” to rebuff the whole
country, “both North and South” — for the 250-year-old sin of what he
distinctly called “American Slavery.” Lincoln had put in years
secretly attempting to deal with the stunning value America might have been
paying for those guile about subjugation. With the battle relatively finished,
he required his comrades to acknowledge that cost as simply, even “if God
wills that the war proceed, until … each drop of blood drawn with the lash,
might be paid by another drawn with the sword … ” The war soon finished,
yet racial wounds, treacheries and pressures proceeded. They hold on today.
Alongside Abraham Lincolns fight for
slavery, Fredrick Douglass was also obsessed with freedom. Firsthand, has
experienced truly how a slave’s life is. In his speech, “What to the slave is
the Fourth of July?” Douglass explores the value based arguments with the slave
trade. The speech explains how the Fourth of July is still a day mourning for
current and former slaves, stating “He answers: a day that reveals to him,
more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which
he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham because they are
reminded of the unfulfilled promise of equal liberty for all in the Declaration
of Independence.” (Douglass) Douglass acclaims and regards the endorsers of the
Declaration of Independence, individuals who put the interests of a nation over
their own. He surrenders, nonetheless, that the fundamental motivation behind
his discourse isn’t to give acclaim and because of these men, for he says that
the deeds of those loyalists are notable. Rather, he encourages his audience
members to proceed with crafted by those incredible progressives who conveyed
flexibility and popular government to this land.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin,
written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, had a deep impact on creating the Civil War.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin consists of a dramatized and romanticized take on the lives
of slaves, and the northerners view of slavery. It had sold 300,000 copies in
its first year, and it was very common for families to discuss the book. As
expected, though, it was very infamous in the South; some states even banned
the book. The book was so essential to the war because characters and incidents
in the book seemed real. This gave a relationship and the issue of slavery was
transformed from an abstract concern to something very personal and emotional,
as Mrs. Shelby, one of the slave owners, defends her right, stating “Abolitionist!
if they knew all I know about slavery, they might talk! We don’t need them to
tell us; you know I never thought that slavery was right – never felt willing
to own slaves.” (Stowe 58) Mrs. Shelby dismisses their conduct as clearly immortal.
It’s not by any means for her to draw in the substance of their arguments
specifically, since they’re so clearly insensitive and un-Christian.
These three influencers greatly motivated and paved a way
to a rightful future for America. America would still be struggling for
equality if it wasn’t for the works of Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher-Stowe,
and Fredrick Douglass going outside of the conformity of that age. Sometimes,
you have to set yourself apart from others in order to make your change first.