Let’s extract important take-aways for our story


Let’s extract important take-aways for our story from Chapter One of Complicity.


Let’s have everyone post by Tuesday night their take-away from Chapter One. In 5-7 sentences in Standard English, be sure to explain how your point from Chapter One will fit into one of our presentation projects. You can also focus on a map, chart, or any piece of information from the chapter. Also be mindful that your prose should try to exhibit the style goal of putting your ideas into positive form from Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. http://www.bartleby.com/141/strunk5.html#12

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10 Responses to Let’s extract important take-aways for our story

  1. Remington Lyman says:

    The Fugitive Slave Law gave Southern slave owners the power to cross into the Northern territories to track down their runaway slaves. Congress passed the law in 1850 as a compromise between the Southern plantation owners and the Northern states. This action made some Northern abolitionists very angry because they did not like the ideal of slave owning Southerners passing through free states to get back their “property.” The famous Burns Fugitive Slave Case, where Anthony Burns, a slave, fled Virginia and escaped to Massachusetts was tried in court after The Fugitive Slave Law was passed. He was captured and tried under the laws in Boston, which caused national publicity. Northern Abolitionists fought to try to free Burns, but despite their efforts, Burns was taken back to his owner in Virginia.

  2. Frank Bolella says:

    Throughout Complicity, the authors state that the cotton industry was primarily fueled by slave labor. The authors indicate this when they state, “The South grew the cotton, with the help of its ‘reliable labor.’ The North handled virtually everything else. Ours was a prosperous, highly symbiotic, highly functioning economy. As long as we stayed united” (Page 25). This quotation, in collaboration with the picture on page 12, depicts that slavery in the North was utilized much differently than it was in the South. Slavery in the South was focused around the cotton industry, especially on picking and shipping the cotton. In the North, however, slaves were used to plant and harvest tobacco and other crops, while doing other unskilled and skilled work, such as carding wool and managing wood needs around the master’s house.

  3. Dan Bailey says:

    The picture in the lower left hand corner of page 12 clearly depicts how late 18th century, and early 19th century America was heavily dependent on the use of slavery to help make her a more productive and more developed nation. Europe had already gone through an industrial revolution and was dependent on other countries like America to supply its many factories with an endless cotton supply. it has been said that: ” For the half century before the Civil War, cotton was the backbone of the American economy”. More than half of all of the slaves in America worked in the cotton industry, an estimated 2.3 out of 4 Million! This number further shows how much the American economy relied on bondage workers to keep its economy healthy and stable.

  4. Brien Hard says:

    Just as Dan and Frank have shown, slavery took on almost two completely different forms during its history in the United States. In the south slaves worked to fuel the cotton industry and other crops which were essential to the economy and well being of our young country. In the North however slaves either worked “closer to home” on smaller farms or in the factories who produced and exported the goods made in the south. With almost 4 million slaves, the United States of America found itself dependent on slavery to keep its economy and nation running. Of course we all look back at slavery as a dark time of our history, but it is interesting to also look back and realize the huge role slavery played in the development of our country. Without slavery this country could be a very different one and most likely one much worse off than the country we have today. This can also connect to Remington’s post in which he described the southern slave owners passing through the north in order to capture slaves who had escaped. During this time, especially before the civil war, having slaves as a southern cotton farmer was a extremely profitable and valuable asset. This explains why some southern slave owners went through so much trouble to bring back their slaves who had run away. Each slave that successfully escapes is potentially a large amount of profit lost, especially in a thriving market.

  5. Joanna McElnea says:

    Complicity’s compelling first chapter hints not only towards the involvement of slaves within the south but also at the interesting links that connect New England to this “unhappy institution”. On page 14 the autor’s state, “northerners influence and control infused nearly every phase of the trade {cotton}”. New York, in particular, seemed to be a hub for the support of slavery because without slaves to harvest crops like; cotton, tabacco, wheat, and corn most business would be bankrupt. New York is fundamentally a port town, meaning that it is situated on a water source where trade can be easily conducted. The first chapter goes on to explain that not just goods where being bought, but also the ports helped to sell slaves to individuals that lived in the north. Merchants in the north would own the ships that transported all the goods in New England. The owners would get a percentage of the profit’s from sales. So it is safe to believe that the sale of African Americans would also profit the northern ship owners. The directory on page 19 back’s up the sale of cotton products. Though labeled ‘commissioned merchant’ it is easy to infur that these sales supported the use of slavery. New York contemplated succeeding from the union along with the south. Without the business from the south New York’s economy would collapse. This first chapter alone exposes that one of New Englands major cities was also a profiteer of slavery.

  6. Tia Scott says:

    The first chapter of Complicity shows the South’s response to threats of ending slavery through politics. The South’s most defining system of labor was the enslaved labor of Africans. Cotton was a growing industry, many people made a lot of money from cotton. For example, John Jacob Aster, who was also a real estate magnate, made his fortune in furs and China trade more people wanted the kind of money he had. After Eli Whitney created the cotton gin the South became a one-crop region. Many people argued against slavery such as lawyer Charles O’Conor, he said, “to keep it’s head above the rapidly advancing waters of this black sea of abololitionism which threatens to drown him.” People such as O’ Conor disagreed with slavery and what was happening in the South, people like Charles O’Conor were threatening the production slavery had made over those years.

  7. Josh Galant says:

    What i took away from the reading was how divisive the whole fugitve slave situation was. Both sides of the issue felt as if they were being treated unfairly. The southerners thought that their way of life was being discriminated against because even in the country that they helped found, they could not freely retrieve their runaway “property”. The northerners felt as if their rights and freedoms were being infringed upon because southern slave hunters would come into free states, break their laws, and bring their free citizens into slavery. The south was growing desperate to maintain its very profitable slave system and went to great lengths to continue it, by passing the fugitive slave law in congress.

  8. Connor Kaplan says:

    The American Anti-Slavery Society published a pamphlet in 1838 describing the ways a slaveholder would treat an unruly captive (page 33). Also featured on this pamphlet were a selection of runaway ads offering a reward for a negro male in his early 20s who escaped at the time of transfer, Dick was sold to James Noe by Thomas L. Arnold the reward for return was $50. We also have the local paper Hartford Courant (known as the Connecticut Courant) printing to be sold ads from a man in Middletown describing his slave who is very handy. In fact he is a “very valuable NEGRO MAN” the Middletown slave owner was also selling the negro man’s wife. Another man between 50 and 60 who ran away: “All persons are forbid harbouring, aiding, affificting, or employing him as they would avoid the penalty of law.” This paints the picture of society where negroes who are even free are guilty, for associating with a negro would threaten oneself.

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