Respond to the following prompt in a 2 to 3 page essay. Use 12-point font and double space. Be sure to cite your sources properly using: MLA, Chicago/Turabian, or APA styles.
Discuss the legitimacy, and the consequences, of violent resistance in the struggle for emancipation. Were slave revolts and insurgent/sectarian violence, like John Brown’s actions, justified given the nature of the American institution of slavery? What effect did they have on the eventual abolition of slavery in the United States?
Be sure to give specific example(s), names, dates, and places.
Do not cite my lectures. If you wish to rely on information gleaned from my lectures, you are welcome to do so. However, you must then find sources to backup those assertions and cite those.
Acceptable sources are as follows:
Articles from scholarly journals
Websites containing any of the above
All assigned texts and readings for this course
This assignment is due Thursday April 19, 2018 at the beginning of class. If you come to class late, your paper is also late. Late papers lose one letter grade per calendar day.
Some suggested primary sources:
David Walker’s Appeal, September 1829
John Brown’s Last Speech
Dred Scott Decision
Alexander Stephens “Cornerstone Speech” March 21, 1861
Some suggested secondary sources:
Thomas S. Foster. “The Sexual Abuse of Black Men under American Slavery.” Journal of the History of Sexuality. Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2011.
Adrienne Davis. “Don’t Let Nobody Bother Your Principle: The Sexual Economy of American Slavery.”
Ibram X. Kendi. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. 2017.