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Free But Not Free After United States President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and even after the American Civil War was fought and won by the abolitionist North the black people of this country continued to be dealt with as if they were sub-human Instead of disappearing with emancipation the problems the black people of this country faced merely changed as they gained freedom Studying two excerpts from the writings of WEB Dubois and Frederick Douglass gives us historical evidence this occurrence Douglass is writing before slavery was abolished in the United States while Dubois is writing quite a bit later around the turn of the century Douglass points out that there is no freedom for the black man and thus the 4th of July is a slap in the face more than a holiday for him Douglass understandably speaks very harshly of the American people both as religious Christians as the majority were and as boasters of liberty and equality Your denunciation of tyrants your sermons and thanksgivings are to Him mere bombast fraud deception impiety and hypocrisy Douglass The Meaning of the 4th of July for the Negro in 80 Readings ed Munger 240 The truth of the matter is that the American people and slave-owners in particular had a problem Their Puritanical religious beliefs in conjunction with the idea that all men are created equal caused a difficulty with the ownership of human beings as chattel property The pagan people of the earth never saw any difficulty in buying and selling people as slaves and to a certain extent neither did the Jews despite their strict laws governing the treatment of slaves Islam as well had no qualms It was because of this particular outlook that in almost every earlier society once a slave had gone free he would become a normal citizen He was human like the rest of the populace free to live his life as
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