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Why was literacy a threat to slaves?
Slave owners saw literacy as a threat to the institution of slavery and their financial investment in it; as a North Carolina statute stated, “‘Teaching slaves to read and write, tends to excite dissatisfaction in their minds, and to produce insurrection and rebellion.” First, literacy enabled the enslaved to read the …
When did Reconstruction end?
December 8, 1863 – March 31, 1877
What stopped reconstruction?
The Compromise of 1877 was an unwritten deal, informally arranged among United States Congressmen, that settled the intensely disputed 1876 presidential election. It resulted in the United States federal government pulling the last troops out of the South, and ending the Reconstruction Era.
What happened when Reconstruction ended?
What did African Americans do to achieve freedom?
African Americans also engaged in achieving freedom for others, which was a complex and dangerous undertaking. Enslaved blacks and their white sympathizers planned secret flight strategies and escape routes for runaways to make their way to freedom.
Why was there a difference between black and white?
Leaders and scientists from the United States and around the world would increasingly rely on the supposed differences between the black and white races to justify the brutal and inhuman treatment of slaves. 1 :Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, rev. ed.
What did African Americans say about the British?
African Americans, and some whites opposed to slavery, also recognized the curious irony of statements made by some white colonists that characterized British policies as a conspiracy that threatened to turn free white people into “slaves,” that is, people lacking the same rights and liberties as British citizens overseas.
How are slavery and freedom at the same time?
Now what is interesting about this is that we normally say that slavery and freedom are opposite things—that they are diametrically opposed. But what we see here in Virginia in the late 17th century, around Bacon’s Rebellion, is that freedom and slavery are created at the same moment.