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12 Frederick Douglass, Ellen and William Craft, Henry Bibb, Josiah Henson, Anthony Burns, Henry ("Box") Brown, and William Wells Brown were among the former slaves who walked both through the pages of their own narratives and upon the stages of antislavery meetings in hamlets, towns, and cities of the North and the West. They were able to furnish their audiences Page 6 first-person accounts of a peculiar institution that white antislavery speakers could only excoriate from several removes: "In 1842 John A.

Severe penalties would be wasted on these people, accustomed as they have been to the most violent passions on the part of white men; but a mild inexorableness tells on them, just as it does on any other children.... ''24 Henry M. " Field described the plantation as easygoing and indulgent, a mirthful place in which singing and dancing were the principal activities. " ... On the subject of relations between the races, Field argued that the best hope lay in a revived paternalism, which would give the Negroes the kind of guidance from whites that they had received from good masters under slavery.

But there were plenty of other factors to undermine white American cohesion and cooperation and to emphasize the self and individualism. " The presence of the frontier and the expansion westward similarly inflated wage rates in the cities and, for a time, made it difficult to secure labor, which often felt it could better its condition elsewhere. And both Daniel J. " The combination of these factors, in conjunction with a burgeoning egalitarian ethos, was enough to make any hardy soul restive and to place him at odds with his condition, and perhaps with every man.

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