Response to classmate
For your response to a classmate’s post, find one that addressed something you did not address. React to that post either confirming why you agree that the event/opinion/document counters the generalization or disagreeing with your classmate, if you feel the event/opinion/document actually supports the generalization.
here is the post:
One event that sparked my interest was the Dred Scott Decision. I did not realize the complexity behind that case nor did I realize how detrimental the consequences were. Scott was a slave whose owner took him to several territories where slavery was prohibited including Illinois and Wisconsin. After his return home to Missouri, Scott attempted to plead and buy his freedom arguing that he had lived in states where slavery was prohibited. The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court where they ultimately ruled that he was still a slave. The status of black individuals would forever be changed as a result of the Dred Scott Decision as well. The court ruled that black individuals could never be considered citizens of the United States and that congress had no authority to stop the spread of slavery into American territories. This case, therefore, ruled the Missouri Compromise, which stated all territories west of Missouri and north of the 36’30 latitude were slave-free states, unconstitutional. They ruled that any ban of slavery was a violation of the fifth amendment. The fifth amendment prohibits denying property laws without due process of law. The abolitionist were filled with outrage as they saw the official ruling of the case causing tensions between the North and South to rise even more.
Another event that was very entertaining and defined the norms of generalizations was the Revolt of Nat Turner. This revolt defies the norms of the pro-slavery movement that was rampant in the southern United States and took an extreme amount of valor. On August 21, 1831, Nat Turner led himself and six others to rise up and kill his slave owner. They seized control of the owner’s guns, ammunition, and horseback. Seventy-five other African American slaves joined the revolt and they went on a reckless rampage. These individuals defined the societal norms and wanted to stand up against slavery. During their quest, their killed over fifty-five white individuals and sought to end slavery. Nat Turner’s quest went on for roughly six weeks before he was found and executed for his actions. This outbreak was one of its first and put fear into the hearts of southern slave owners at the time. Even though Turner’s revolt to end slavery was cut short, it raised tension between the North and South. The revolt’s actions enraged the south and enlightened the north and ultimately helped add to the fire which would soon lead to the Civil War. America was turning on one another and Nat Turner’s revolt continued that notion of “A Nation Divided”.