Slavery and Abolition

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Slavery and Abolition

Slavery and Abolition

Oh Black Betty, Bam da lamOh Black Betty, Bam da lamBlack Betty had a baby, Bam da lamBlack Betty had a baby, Bam da lamDamn thing gone crazy, Bam da lamDamn thing gone crazy, Bam da lamOh Black Betty, Bam da lamOh Black Betty, Bam da lamOh baby Black Betty, Bam da lamOh baby Black Betty, Bam da lamBlack Betty had a baby, Bam da lamBlack Betty had a baby, Bam da lamDamn thing gone crazy, Bam da lamDamn thing gone crazy, Bam da lamBaby wasn’t none of mine, Bam da lamBaby wasn’t none of mine, Bam da lamDamn thing gone blind, Bam da lamDamn thing gone blind, Bam da lamYeah Black Betty, Bam da lamWhoa Black Betty, Bam da lamBlack Betty, Black Betty, Bam da lamBlack Betty, Black Betty, Bam da lamLooky here, Black Betty, Bam da lamLooky here, Black Betty, Bam da lamJump steady, Black Betty, Bam da lamJump steady, Black Betty, Bam da lamLast Monday, baby I was arrested[Lawd (Lord), lawd, lawd]On Tuesday, I was locked up in jail[Lawd, lawd, lawd]On Wednesday, my child was attested[Lawd, lawd]On Thursday, [nobody’s gonna call my bail,] here’s some mo’Almost done, here’s some mo’(more)Almost done, here’s some mo’Almost done, [Lawd, lawd]And I ain’t gonna, ain’t done, [ya’ll don’t gimme no bail][Lawd, lawd, lawd, lawd]Last Monday, baby I went a’walking[Lawd, lawd]On Tuesday, I shot me a’dog[Lawd, lawd, lawd]On Wednesday, we was sittin’ down a’talking[Lawd, lawd]On Thursday, she pawned all of my clothes[Lawd, lawd, lawd]

I shall not, I shall not be movedI shall not, I shall not be movedJust like a tree planted by the waterI shall not be movedWell I'm on my way to heaven I shall not be movedOn my way to heaven I shall not be movedJust like a tree planted by the waterI shall not be movedI shall not, I shall not be movedI shall not, I shall not be movedJust like a tree planted by the waterI shall not be movedOh PreacherI shall not be movedOh PreacherI shall not be movedJust like a tree planted by the waterI shall not be movedI've thank to fight and holy, I shall not be movedThank to fight and holy, I shall not be movedJust like a tree planted by the waterI shall not be movedoh i, i shall not be movedI shall not, I shall not be movedJust like a tree planted by the waterI shall not be moved

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat downye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat downye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.When the wickedCarried us away in captivityRequired from us a songNow how shall we sing the lord's song in a strange landWhen the wickedCarried us away in captivityRequiering of us a songNow how shall we sing the lord's song in a strange landLet the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heartbe acceptable in thy sight here tonightLet the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heartsbe acceptable in thy sight here tonightBy the rivers of Babylon, there we sat downye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat downye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.By the rivers of Babylon (dark tears of Babylon)there we sat down (You got to sing a song)ye-eah we wept, (Sing a song of love)when we remember Zion. (Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah)By the rivers of Babylon (Rough bits of Babylon)there we sat down (You hear the people cry)ye-eah we wept, (They need that ???)when we remember Zion. (Ooh, have the power)

Before Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin in 1793 it took slaves 10 hours too pick the seeds out of just one pound of cotton, the cotton gin allowed for a slave to produce 1000 pounds of cotton a day. Thus dramatically increasing the profitability of growing cotton . Southern Farmers needed a cheap sustainable source of labor to fuel their cotton growing industry so they used slaves. Following the second great awakening came a strong moral obligation to abolish slavery. Abraham Lincoln said “a house divided against its self can not stand “and that’s just what happened, southerners viewed slaves as their individual property protected under the constitution and abolitionist mostly northerners had many different reasons for wanting to abolish slavery some viewed it as immoral, sinful, or that slavery stole jobs from able white citizens. Some abolitionist wanted to eliminate slavery over a period of time while other sought immediate emancipation for the enslaved African Americans. No matter want the reason tensions grew rapidly southerners feared losing a valuable means of obtaining there main cash crop while northerners were read books such as uncle tom’s cabin which displayed the abomination of slavery in vivid detail. When the fugitive slave law went into effect it brought the issue of slavery to white northerners who might not have been concerned until they say the horrors of forced labor up close and personal. While at the same time southerners related extremist such as john brown who attempted to start a slave rebellion by raiding a weapons stock pile and relaying it to enslaved African Americans to the rest of the abolitionist. Further fears arose is southern slave owners in 1861 when Abraham Lincoln who held a deep hatred for slavery was elected president. Soon after even though Lincoln agreed to allow slavery in the states it already existed in the Corwin Amendment , 7 southern slave states succeeded from the union forming the Confederate States of America. Thus starting the civil war.

Do you remember the days of slavery?Do you remember the days of slavery?And how they beat usAnd how they worked us so hardAnd they used us'Til they refuse usDo you remember the days of slavery?And a big fat bullWe usually pull it everywhereWe must pull itWith shackles around our necksAnd I can see it all no moreDo you remember the days of slavery?My brother feels itIncluding my sisters tooSome of us surviveShowing them that we are still aliveDo you remember the days of slavery?History can recall, history can recallHistory can recall the days of slaveryOh slavery days!Oh slavery days!While I remember, please rememberDo you do you do you, do you do you do youOh slavery days!Oh slavery days!


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