• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Stowe & Elkins.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Ryan Maish Period 6 U.S. History Final Stowe & Elkins Just picture, a game of basketball played in a wheelchair: football, with no pads. According to Alexis Tocqueville and his transcendentalist ideals, this creates a tyranny of the Majority, and a separate society. From the annexation of Texas in 1845 to the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the institutions segregating blacks and supporting slavery continued and even expanded throughout territory in the United States. Laws and ordinances such as the Wilmot Proviso in 1846, which proposed new lands acquired from Mexico shall be free of slavery, were successful ideologically, but the pragmatic sense of the time period never produced a solid result such as abolition. Looking at the institution of slavery, Elkins was correct when he said, "There were elements in the very structure of the plantation system- its "closed character" - that could sustain infantilism as a normal feature of behavior." With Tocqueville�s secluded society and Elkins' view of personalities; these unique ideas are present as Harriet Beecher Stowe evaluates the corrupt influence of slavery upon both blacks and whites with her controversial book, Uncle Tom's Cabin. ...read more.

Middle

The rousing force behind Uncle Tom's Cabin was the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that returned runaway saves to their Southern masters. Tom's unwillingness to reveal the escape plans of his fellow slaves is similar with the reaction that abolitionists would have had. The abolitionist morals of slavery are far more important than rewards. In the end, Tom decided that they were more important than his lfe, and Tom felt strong in God to meet death, rather than betray the helpless. According to Eugene Genovese, Tom and the sacrifice of his life to God is completely legitimate. Genovese links slave's contentment with religion and a unique paternalism, one of which Tom devotes his life to. As he is close to death, he is "willing to bar all I have, if it'll only bring ye to Christ O Lord!" Stowe shows religion as an escape point for Tom from the suffering, and "torture, degradation and shame, [was] neither degrading nor stripes nor blood, nor insults can make the Christian's last struggle less than glorious." Although Genovese�s thesis of religion and paternalism protecting the slaves has some authenticity, it is simply not strong enough to prevail over abuse in the closed structure of slavery. ...read more.

Conclusion

personality of blacks, and the reality that the African-Americans were still suppressed by white expectations and contained by the institution of slavery. The tremendous control white slaveholders held over their black slaves left no chance of escaping the, as described by Elkins, "system of slavery." The importance of her book is easily seen, as Martin Duberman argued that "before 1845, the Northern attitude toward slavery rested on this comfortable belief in the benevolence of history...when Texas was annexed, it finally seemed clear that the mere passage of time would not have a solution." Duberman believes it was abolitionists that started the ideological jump to end slavery. They realized, that it needed to be stopped, and Uncle Tom's Cabin, came at the perfect time to jumpstart the movement to end the evils of slavery. Blacks were a hotly debated issue, from annexation of Texas in 1845, thru the Civil War, and even in the 20th century. Events in history during the time period of 1845-1860 did not successfully result in freedom for the slaves; it wasn't until more than a century later that blacks could shatter the monumental pillars holding up the institution of slavery and have influence in American politics and culture. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level History of the USA, 1840-1968 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level History of the USA, 1840-1968 essays

  1. Was there any truth in the Southern claim that slavery was both a benign ...

    owner; and they were counted for taxation and representation purposes, although even then only as 3/5 of a free man, and they were not permitted to vote. Still, it has been argued, slaves had security; they were provided with clothing, food and lodging, and cared for by their owners.

  2. Linguistic Study - Linguistic Analysis of Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream', and ...

    Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children" Utterances such as 'urgency', and 'no time' also add to the sense of determinedness that Luther King creates. He uses a calmer lexis like 'cooling' and 'tranquilizing' to indicate the slow effect that taking no action will have.

  1. "How Did The Election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 lead to the Secession of ...

    Abraham Lincoln felt the Constitution made the Union of states perpetual. He felt perpetuity was implied if not expressed in the fundamental law of all national governments. Thus, from a Constitutional standpoint, the Union was unbroken and secession was obviously illegal.

  2. Harriet Beecher Stowe influenced many Americans to join the abolitionist movement and ultimately caused ...

    She drew upon several of these first-hand experiences when she wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin ("Connecticut")." While Harriet was in Cincinnati she gained the knowledge of slavery and the Underground Railroad ("Harriet" Wikipedia). After she married her husband Calvin Stowe, they moved to Ohio where they sheltered fugitive slaves in their home.

  1. It is hard to pinpoint the exact beginnings of slavery in the United States. ...

    not want to see them whilst leading their own lives in their houses (sometimes called the 'Great House'). Slaves then were often housed in simple wooden huts built on land near the plantations. These wooden huts would be simply furnished; but living conditions and aesthetic conditions differed greatly from plantation to plantation.

  2. Why had Slavery become so Important to the Southern way of life, by 1860?

    There was little industry in the South, and even if some industry could be established the South would not have been able to compete with the North's reputable trade and industry market. Basically the South depended on plantations and the slaves to work them, as economic profit, but historians of today still debate whether this is true.

  1. How did Manifest Destiny manifest itself?

    The Whites also benefited from the treaty of Govt. While the whites found minerals, the water of the Native Americans was poisoned and not clean so therefore they suffered from disease and sometimes-even death. Native Americans also died of smallpox and other rear diseases At the start of Manifest Destiny, less then 20,000 people lived in California.

  2. Religion in the West -The United Brethren Missionary Train to Oregon

    of 500 and were sending off their squaws and children and had killed 30 head of cattle that morning belonging to emigrants and had declared they would kill every white man on the road, &c. Under those circumstances it was thought best to halt until a considerable company would come up and then move on.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work