Which major contrasts does the excerpt highlight? Bonus points if you saluted and said "major contrast". Did you do it? Good, you've got the...general idea. Double bonus points if you did it again.
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|Responses to Slavery||Conflict Between Free-Labor and Slavery|
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Cannibals All! Or Slaves Without Masters.
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And the question:
Which of the following major contrasts does the excerpt highlight?
All right, major contrasts...
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Well, in the excerpt, Fitzhugh writes that "free laborers have
less liberty than slaves,
are worse paid and provided for, and have
no valuable rights." [ chuckles sarcastically ]
[ indistinct ] ...that slaves enduring abuse and back-breaking work
for no pay would feel a little bit differently.
All right, well do Fitzhugh's sentiments towards
slavery highlight a major contrast B -
between the Republican and Democratic parties?
Although the issue of slavery was a major issue in both
the Republican and Democratic platforms, many Americans
at the time were joining regional splinter groups,
which led to the temporary dissolution of the two-party system.
So the party's over for B.
Does the excerpt describe C -
growing differences between states and new territories?
Well, as people moved out west into the mountains and plains,
their lives and experiences were bound to be different
from those living in the East.
But those differences weren't as ideologically extreme
as the ones between the North and the South.
Do Fitzhugh's comments reflect the D -
differing opinions within the abolitionist movement?
Well, abolitionists may have disagreed over
how they were gonna get rid of slavery, but they did agree on one thing:
they needed to get rid of it.
Fitzhugh, however, did not seem to have
too many issues with the institution, since
"the slave is taken care of, whether employed or not."
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All right, which means the opinions on slavery in the excerpt
most reflect A - regional differences
between the Northern and Southern economies.
During the mid-1800s, the North and South were worlds apart
on slavery, since it was unacceptable in the North, but was
vital to the economy of the South. So the answer is A.
These regional differences led to the outbreak of the Civil War,
one of the most un-civil conflicts in all American history.