"Рабом ли ты призван, не смущайся; но если и можешь сделаться свободным, то лучшим воспользуйся.
Ибо раб, призванный в Господе, есть свободный Господа; равно и призванный свободным есть раб Христов.
Вы куплены дорогою ценою; не делайтесь рабами человеков."
Первое послание к Коринфянам святого апостола Павла
ОНИ УМЕЛИ ЖЕРТВОВАТЬ СОБОЙ: СОТНИ МУЖЧИН И ЖЕНЩИН ВЫСТУПАЛИ ПРОТИВ ХАНЖЕСТВА И ЛИЦЕМЕРИЯ И ПОМОГАЛИ ДРУГИМ ЛЮДЯМ ИЗБАВИТЬСЯ ОТ ПОЗОРНЫХ ОКОВ.
Как известно, американские сторонники аболиционизма в 1816г. купили земли на побережье Африки и основали государство Либерия. В это государство предполагалось перевозить выкупленных рабов. Однако эта идея не получила развития.. Резкий прорыв в борьбе с рабством связан с президентством Авраама Линкольна. Аболиционизм как политическое движение исчерпал себя после того, как 22 сентября 1862 г. была принята Прокламация об освобождении и 18 декабря 1865 г. Тринадцатая поправка к конституции. 30 марта 1870 г. Пятнадцатой поправкой бывшим невольникам было дано и право голоса. Однако в современной философии, например, в произведениях английского философа Дэвида Пирса, слово Аболиционизм приобрело ещё одно значение, обозначая движение, последователи которого выступают за избавление от страданий всех живых существ биосферы
Среди видных представителей движения Уильям Ллойд Гаррисон, Фредерик Дугласс, Гарриет Табмен, Джон Браун, Уэнделл Филлипс, Гарриет Бичер Стоу, Джон Хопкинс, Джон Рокфеллер и др.
Slavery in the Chesapeake Bay region began in 1619, when a Dutch ship carrying 20 African men arrived at Jamestown, Virginia. These men were indentured servants, rather than slaves. Many eventually earned their freedom and went on to own land, trade, raise crops and livestock, defend their rights, and eventually hire their own servants.
Slaves were part of many great milestones in the Chesapeake region, such as rowing the Bay’s first ferry between the future sites of Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1636. By 1780, it is estimated that slaves made up approximately 40 percent of the population in the Chesapeake region.
In the 1800s, the Chesapeake region was on the brink of controversy over slavery. The northern Bay watershed states were considered “free states” that did not support slavery, while the southern states were “slave states.” This division foreshadowed the battles to be fought in the region during the Civil War.
As the Civil War progressed, the Union Army was suffering fr om increasing numbers of casualties and needed reinforcements. Blacks were granted the right to serve in the Union Army and fought in battles throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
In Maryland, 8,700 men served in six black regiments that played major roles in Union battle plans. The 36th U.S. Colored Infantry guarded the Confederate prison at Point Lookout and disabled Confederate torpedoes in the lower Chesapeake Bay.
More than 180,000 black men served in the Union Army and 18,000 black men in the Union Navy. Twenty-one of these men were awarded the highest military honor in the United States, the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Harriet Tubman was born into slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where she lived until she escaped in 1849. After escaping from slavery, she returned to the South 19 times to help other slaves along the Underground Railroad.
As part of the Underground Railroad, a network of safe houses was formed and slaves were transported with the help of ship captains in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, as well as other slaves working on boats. For many slaves, the Potomac River, the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay were vital links in the route to freedom along the Underground Railroad.
Like Tubman, Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. In his first two attempts to escape slavery, Douglass and five other men planned to canoe up the Chesapeake Bay into Pennsylvania, but another slave turned them in. Eventually, Douglass was brought to freedom on a steamboat traveling from Delaware to Pennsylvania.
In colonial times, tobacco was the mainstay of the economies of Maryland and Virginia. Many of the workers at tobacco plantations were slaves or indentured servants from Africa. Plantations were often located along the Chesapeake’s rivers, wh ere soil quality was better and tobacco could be transported via local waterways.
Slave on a tobacco plantation
Once the Chesapeake’s tobacco and agricultural industries began to decline at the end of the 18th century, blacks turned to the water to make a living, ultimately helping the region’s economy and cultural history flourish.
By the 1860s, the Chesapeake Bay was the United States’ primary source of oysters, which created plenty of opportunities for black watermen to make a living shucking oysters, processing seafood and even building boats for the industry. New African-American communities formed along the Bay’s shores, creating cultural and economic centers for blacks in the area. Their traditions became part of the local fishing industry, and many of them still exist today.
About Alicia Pimental - Alicia is the Chesapeake Bay Program's online communications manager. She manages the Bay Program's web content and social media channels. Alicia discovered her love for nature and the environment while growing up along Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. When she's not at work, Alicia enjoys cooking, traveling, photography and playing with her chocolate lab, Tess.
Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and areforced to work. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand compensation. Historically, slavery was institutionally recognized by many societies; in more recent times slavery has been outlawed in most societies but continues through the practices of debt bondage, indentured servitude, serfdom, domestic servants kept in captivity, certain adoptions in which children are forced to work as slaves, child soldiers, and forced marriage. There are more slaves in the early 21st century than at any previous time but opponents hope slavery can be eradicated within 30 years.
Slavery predates written records and has existed in many cultures. The number of slaves today remains as high as 12 million to 27 million. Most are debt slaves, largely in South Asia, who are under debt bondage incurred by lenders, sometimes even for generations. Human trafficking is primarily used for forcing women and children into sex industries.
In pre-industrial societies, slaves and their labour were economically extremely important. Slaves and serfs made up around three-quarters of the world's population at the beginning of the 19th century.
In modern mechanised societies, there is less need for sheer massive manpower; Norbert Wiener wrote that "mechanical labor has most of the economic properties of slave labor, though ... it does not involve the direct demoralizing effects of human cruelty."