International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day 2020 is on Wednesday, December 2, 2020: What do you think was the most important force driving change in American life during the 1840s &
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day 2020.
Slavery. There were nationwide arguments over it. It lead to the 54/40 or Fight movement. the Abolition movement. Bloody Kansas. The Bloody Shirt incident on the floor of Congress and so forth.
How did slavery become established in the United States, and why did it persist after the Revolitionary war?
In answer to the second part of your question:
How did the sincerely pious Founding Fathers deal with the issue of slavery in the Constitution?
It was political and economic considerations transcending moral obligations that forced a compromise in the Constitution. Does that sound familiar?
In 1783 most but not all of the Founding Fathers were deeply troubled by slavery and said so in their writings. Only 25 of the 55 Convention delegates owned slaves, but all had confronted "our peculiar institution" every day of their lives. It existed legally, was deeply woven into society, and represented an economic powerhouse that could not be ignored. Fully half of all Southern assets were in slaves (with Northern banks holding the other half), and the North relied heavily on Southern import and export trade.
Both North and South needed each other to survive economically and politically. The delegates agreed that all states needed to join in Union, or all would die in disunion. Northern sentiment was not yet strong enough to abolish slavery immediately, and the Southern states refused to join the Union unless slavery was protected by law under the Constitution. An impasse had been reached, and compromise was needed.
Since abolitionist advocates could not abolish slavery at that time, they built into the Constitution Article 1, Section 9: "The migration or importation of such persons as any of the states now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the year ..." On January 1, 1808, Thomas Jefferson signed into law abolishing the international slave trade (note: not slavery, but the slave trade). By setting a limit on the slave trade the North was morally satisfied that it could, in the future, completely abolish this abhorrent practice.
On purpose, 'slave' and 'slavery' are not mentioned in the Constitution. Slaves were 'property', wholly owned by a free man. So with a little semantic skulldugery the protection of property in the Constitution inherently included slaves. Even the 3/5 Compromise (giving Southern states more power in the House of Representatives) avoided the 's' words by stating "Representatives...shall be apportioned...by adding the whole Number of free Persons...and three fifths of all other Persons." These political and economic compromises satisfied the South by protecting the largest investment in their economy - slaves.
Thus the Constitution and Union were born. Slavery was intact but with a limit on its growth after 20 years. The Founding Father's compromise was to defer to later generations the moral question that still existed. In the following decades many more compromises were conceived dealing mainly with the expansion of slavery, but none dealt with the moral obligation felt by the Founders for its total abolition. Not until the Civil War was this obligation finally resolved with Emancipation.
When did slavery become illegal in Guyana?
The first Europeans arrived in the area around 1500. Guyana was inhabited by the Arawak and Carib tribes of Amerindians. Although Christopher Columbus sighted Guyana during his third voyage (in 1498), the Dutch were first to establish colonies: Essequibo (1616), Berbice (1627), and Demerara (1752). The British assumed control in the late 18th century, and the Dutch formally ceded the area in 1814. In 1831 the three separate colonies became a single British colony known as British Guiana.
The State House, Guyana's Presidential Residence.Escaped slaves formed their own settlements known as Maroon communities. With the abolition of slavery in 1834 many of the former enslaved people began to settle in urban areas. Indentured labourers from modern day Portugal (1834), Germany (first in 1835), Ireland (1836), Scotland (1837), Malta (1839), China and India (beginning in 1838) were imported to work on the sugar plantations.
In 1889 Venezuela claimed the land up to the Essequibo. Ten years later an international tribunal ruled the land belonged to British Guiana.
During World War II the United States arranged for its air force to use British airports in South America, including those in British Guiana.
Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966 and became a republic on 23 February 1970, remaining a member of the Commonwealth. The United States State Department and the CIA, along with the British government, played a strong role in influencing who would politically control Guyana during this time. They provided secret financial support and political campaign advice to pro-western Guyanese of African descent, especially Forbes Burnham's People's National Congress to the detriment of the Cheddi Jagan-led People's Progressive Party, mostly supported by Guyanese of Indian descent.