Do the principles of the Declara&on and the Cons&tu&on necessarily preclude slavery?
Discuss Jefferson, Rush, Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass in your analysis. What do their
arguments show about the rela&onship between freedom and slavery over &me? Clearlydis
&nguish and explain the different arguments posed by each within your analysis and addr
ess the differences between an&-slavery, aboli&onist, and humanist arguments.
5-6 pages in length, double-spaced
b. 12 point Times, Pala&no, or Calibri
c. 1 inch margins
d. Name, Date, and Class (POLS 305) in the Header, right hand side
e. Parenthe&cal Nota&ons (in text) and Works Cited in MLA format
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All papers should have:
a. a formal thesis argument within the first paragraph
b. compara&ve analysis of relevant arguments
c. analy&cal development of key points, including quota&ons
d. in depth analysis of primary sources
e. correct cita&ons, including lecture
Jefferson, Rush, Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass’ Arguments
Thomas Jefferson receives recognition for his insistent opposition to slavery. In his writings, Jefferson argued that ” all men are equal. “He referred to slavery as a “hideous blot” and “moral depravity’’ (Fink Elman, 199). In his view, slavery presented an immense threat to American existence as a new country. To him, slavery violated the law of nature, which held that every person was entitled to a right to personal liberty. At the time of the revolution, Jefferson took an active role in formulating legislation that would abolish slavery in America. He drafted a law that banned the importation of slaves from Africa in 1778 in Virginia. He believed that slavery emancipation was a great component of the American democratic process.