The Significance of Slavery as an Issue in American History
An argument as to why, with few exceptions, before the dawn of the 19th century slavery had generally been accepted by American society.
“With few exceptions, before the dawn of the 19th century slavery had generally been accepted by society. Though a small abolitionist sentiment always existed, an influential and organized movement, recognizable as such, began in the 19th century. This abolitionist sentiment, though, was by no means boundless, as prejudice was ingrained in American culture, from the common people to the gentry. In addition to abolitionist sentiment among whites, the slaves themselves expressed discontentment with their plight. Essentially, though slavery was significant in American history, it was so deep-seated in American culture, that such a seemingly radical idea as abolition was met with significant resistance and the abolitionist’s views were often assuaged in actual political functioning. ”