History is CENTRAL. The Amistad , Slavery, and Abolition in American History. Opening Discussion on Slavery and Abolition in American History . “Simply put, American history cannot be understood without slavery.” Ira Berlin. Changing Interpretations: Slavery. Slavery vs. Enslavement
The Amistad, Slavery, and Abolition in American History
“Simply put, American history cannot be understood without slavery.”
All hail! thou truly noble chief,
Who scorned to live a cowering slave;
Thy name shall stand on history's leaf,
Amid the mighty and the brave:
Thy name shall shine, a glorious light
To other brave and fearless men,
Who, like thyself, in freedom's might,
Shall beard the robber in his den.
Thy name shall stand on history's page,
And brighter, brighter, brighter grow,
Throughout all time, through every age,
Till bosoms cease to feel or know
"Created worth, or human woe."
Thy name shall nerve the patriot's hand
When, 'mid the battle's deadly strife,
The glittering bayonet and brand
Are crimsoned with the stream of life:
When the dark clouds of battle roll,
And slaughter reigns without control,
Thy name shall then fresh life impart,
And fire anew each freeman's heart.
Though wealth and power their force combine
To crush thy noble spirit down,
There is above a power divine
Shall bear thee up against their frown.
Source: Exploring Amistad at Mystic SeaportJames Monroe Whitfield, To Cinque (1853)
How Did Abolitionist Women and Their Slaveholding Relatives Negotiate Their Conflict over the Issue of Slavery?