Freedom and Democracy

The concepts of freedom and democracy became racialized in American society during and after the revolution in different ways.Some of the slaves left their masters without permission which in turn led to brutal confrontation among them and their masters. A case in point, Kelly notes that Quok Walker filed a lawsuit against his master. In this lawsuit, the Massachusetts supreme court declared that according to the Constitution of 1780 all men were born Free and equal and slavery was illegal. At the same time, blacks were given rights Vote. A few other states, follow suit like New Hampshire and Vermont.(Kelley 110). From such concept, a few other people like Anthony Benezet, Thomas Clarkson, John Wesley and many others were actively in the anti-slavery cause.(kelley 111). What we can see here, freedom and democracy was becoming racialized in the American society based on the fact that slavery was not compatible with a democratic nation.

Months before American independence of July 4, 1776, African-Americans were motivated and desired freedom, life, happiness and all other things that human beings require. Blacks were also aware of the natural rights philosophy and the meaning of great words used by Thomas Jefferson “freedom is an inherent right of human species, not to the surrendered, but by consent, for the sake of social life”(Kelley 113). Tt can therefore noted that African-Americans fought to free their country and also free themselves. Using the same ideas that were used by anti-colonists to free America from the British. Freedom and democracy become racialized in the way that blacks desired the same freedom and democracy that their counterparts aspired for.

One particular African-American that influenced American history through his ideology was W.E.B Dubois. He campaigned for increased political representation for black people in order to guarantee civil rights. Du Bois called on the formation of black intellectual elite who would work for progress of African-American race. Du Bois argued that “..Washington’s educational program was unnecessarily narrow.” Du Bois further argues that, “Mr. Washington’s program practically accepts the alleged inferiority the Negro races…” With that noted, Mr. Washington’s education ideology should be given credit because it also created a way forward for most African-Americans to get trade skills that enabled them to earn a living. In my opinion, one can conclude that it is practicable possible for the black races to succeed if there is a political representation holding the present constant.


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