In an attempt to stitch together the young nation, the federal government passed the first fugitive slave act in Frederick Douglass was not propounding a paradox but speaking the simple truth when he said that the first anti-slavery lecture he ever heard was delivered by his master in the course of explaining to his mistress why slaves must not be taught to read.
Racial ideology in its radical American form is the ideology to be expected in a society in which enslavement stands as an exception to a radically defined liberty so commonplace that no great effort of imagination is required to take it for granted.
Paul Finkelman talks about slave legitimacy in colonial America. Fogel, Robert W.
In the early U. But after the Revolutionary Warthe new U.
Thomas Clarkson and others toured the country and helped to establish local antislavery committees. Both Afroand Euro-Americans used the words that today denote race, but they did not understand those words the same way.
But researchers have found little evidence of slave breeding; instead, masters encouraged slaves to live in nuclear or extended families for stability.