Samuel M. Johnson, III
Professor Sam Haynes
HIST 5340, Monday, 7-10p
February 10, 2014
Slavery in the Jacksonian Papers
This comparative essay is going to define the elements of slavery which is the basic agenda using Sean Wilentz’s, Rise of American Democracy and Daniel Walker Howe’s, What Hath God Wrought. The links between these books are a side view in which describes the thoughtfulness of social changes as it relates to slavery and race relations. Wilentz’s book lights the opposition between two egalitarianisms based on the roles of ordinary citizens to which include “we, the people.” Howe’s book studies the power of religion, public education and defenders of African Americans. The books are different in their perception of the “Founding Fathers” of America. Howe varies from Wilentz in rebuke in Andrew Jackson's Democrats not as champions of scattering democracy but mainly as sources of violence and abusive white supremacy.
Brutal smashes among the Founders over the role of regular citizens in a government of "we, the people" were ultimately fixed in the achievement of Andrew Jackson. Wilentz traces the inconsistent past of American democracy from the Revolution to the Civil War. In colonial America, Wilentz writes, the "people" had been only on Election Day; most Americans did not appreciate a continuous presence in community life. But the fight for independence threw into question many forms of authority and disproportion. “Then the Missourians, faced with a seemingly straightforward task of writing a pro-slavery state constitution in compliance with the statehood bill, gratuitously inserted a clause requiring the new state government to enact legislation that barred “free negroes and mulattoes” from entering the state.” (Wilentz 237) in essence, pro-slavery was a given and any other measure was not of white society. Wilentz places the issue of slavery at the forefront. The “rise of American democracy”, he shows, went hand in hand with the spreading...