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Fredrick Douglass vs. Andrew Jackson

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Grace W

on 25 March 2013

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Transcript of Fredrick Douglass vs. Andrew Jackson

Should Andrew Jackson
be on the Twenty Dollar Bill? Fredrick Douglass' Opinion NO! By: Grace Wiersema & Mitchell Sall "Superior whites lead, Inferior blacks follow." Andrew Jackson was a man who strongly believed in Slavery. Jackson grew up with slavery and accepted it without thinking. It was almost like a lifestyle for him. He bought and sold slaves, then used them to work for his needs. Andrew believed blacks were put on the earth to do labor, while whites were put on the earth to rule and govern. Jackson wanted to hush the people that were against slavery, because he didn't want it to end. It was stated that you have to be a tough person to hold people as slaves for their lives. Slavery was very important to America, and men like Jackson couldn't imagine a world without them. Fredrick Douglass was the leading spokesman of African Americans. He was a slave since he was born. He devoted his life for fighting for blacks rights. He taught and educated himself. His most famous speech was "What to the slave is the Fourth of July?" In this speech he was arguing that a slave is a man too. He is asking, "Isn't this supposed to be a
holiday of
freedom?" He is
making the point
that the slaves
are not free,
while the whites
are celebrating
their freedom. Jackson grew up with slavery and accepted it without thinking about it. Defenders of slavery responded with communication but got quickly silenced. Abolitionists sent thousands of antislavery “letters” through the mail, but most of them were not delivered; Jackson and Postmaster approved that they were not delivered. Some were burned in town square. Jackson saw nothing wrong with slavery and was not about to have it end. The slaves are a main part of the economy that we have today. America was very dependent on slavery. The white Americans didn't build the country all by themselves. America wouldn't have this economy if it wasn't for slaves. The health of America is based on slave labor. This is because cotton was the greatest export. If we didn't have the slaves to work on the cotton fields, there wouldn't be nearly as much cotton, so it wouldn't be the main export. If we didn't have slaves we wouldn't have near as much wealth we have now. The reality of this is that the slaves did all the work, while the whites claimed to. Why No? Fredrick thought that Andrew Jackson was a big part of slavery spreading. Jackson was also trying to stop people from thinking that slavery was wrong. Douglass thinks we shouldn't honor someone who thinks that slavery is okay. Jackson thinks he rules over the slaves and that blacks were sent to be slaves. Also the whites celebrated about their freedom, while the slaves weren't free. As you can see Douglass was against Andrew Jackson's placement on the twenty dollar bill, mainly because they disagreed on the rights for slaves. Thank You!
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