“What Country Have I?”

in Making Patriots

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780226044378
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226044514 | DOI:
“What Country Have I?”

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This chapter focuses on the Abolitionist movement and the process of empowering the African Americans in America. It discusses the struggle of Frederick Douglass, who urged his fellow African Americans to enlist in the Union army during the American Civil War. This, according to him, could enable the African Americans to rightly claim America as their country and have their claim respected. The chapter states the differences between the Northern and the Southern states over the issue of slavery, how the concessions to slavery demanded by the Southern states were the original price of union, and how the Framers of the American Constitution did indeed pay that price out of necessity. It also describes the role played by Abraham Lincoln, during the Civil War, in forming a favorable opinion for the empowerment of African Americans as citizens. African Americans became citizens, with their citizenship confirmed in 1868 with the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Keywords: Abolitionist movement; empowerment; Frederick Douglass; Abraham Lincoln; Fourteenth Amendment; African Americans; Southern states

Chapter.  8402 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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