May. 12, 2017
Project Uplift Literacy, The Portable Frederick Douglass, The Year 1854 The Issues The Homestead Act
Today, Frederick Douglass broached two subjects that assailed the alienable rights of Blacks in America. The first essay discussed is the Homestead Act which purposely denied blacks from participating in the homestead rights in the western states. This law finally passed in 1862 gave rights to anyone "white" to establish homesteads in the yet to be settled lands west of the Mississippi. It denied rights to blacks who had been in the nation for more than two and half centuries. While giving those homestead rights to European immigrants just entering the United States. As long as those immigrants were white. The second essay discussed whether it was legal to kill a slave catcher who was in pursuit of capturing a black person running from slavery.