AP U.S. History 1.5 Period 1: 1491–1607
AP U.S. History 1.5 Period 1: 1491–1607. The rhetoric expressed above in defense of enslaving American Indians most nearly matches the rhetoric employed by southern slaveholders in which of the following decades?
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Okay, lovely. And the question:
The rhetoric expressed above in defense of
enslaving American Indians most nearly matches
the rhetoric employed by southern slaveholders in which of the following decades?
And here are the potential answers.
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All right, well how can we characterize the rhetoric from the excerpt?
Well, the rhetoric talks a lot about the rudeness and barbarism
and the inherently slavish nature of the American Indians.
Sounds like someone woke up on the racist side
of the bed this morning.
Yeah, talkin' about you.
So the question wants us to figure out what time period
southern slaveholders were using this same argument
to defend their own institution of slavery.
Well, let's see what we got.
Was it in the 1750s?
Well, seems a bit early, right?
Slavery was still widely accepted in the American colonies
in the 18th century, even if there were pockets of dissent
brewing in the north. That means we can eliminate A and B.
Were Southerners using this kind of morally superior language
in the 1880s? Well, now that seems too late.
Remember, the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery,
was adopted in 1865, so by the 1880s,
slavery had no place in American society.
So, cross D off as well.
And that just leaves us with C, the 1850s,
which sounds about right. In the early 19th century,
abolitionists started to protest slavery in the United States,
so slaveholders had to find ways to justify the existence
of such a horribly abusive institution.
Just like the excerpt, Southerners argued
that slaves were naturally inferior and needed protection
from the kind slaveholders in order to survive.
Well, you want some mustard on that heaping pile of, uh, baloney?
So, the 1850s, right before the Civil War broke out,
is our answer. Hard to believe those Southerners
made so much noise when they didn't even have a leg to stand on.