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Illinois a Free State Essay

  • Submitted by: alecia
  • on December 4, 2011
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 561 words

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Ariel Jones

History of Chicago

Ms. Johnson

October 17, 2011

Being free, is allowing you to move where you want or where one wants. It is allowing you to do whatever keeps you happy. The African Americans were doing well because they owned their own businesses and churches. Illinois was a free state in 1850 because there were free African Americans who were not enslaved, and had the right to go to school, or own their own business.

According to Halfway to Freedom, Great Chicago Stories, John and Mary Jones discovered a system of laws called The Illinois Black Laws, which restricted the freedom of African Americans. Under these laws, blacks could not vote or hold political offices.   They could not testify against a white person in court and were required to post a $1,000 bond to receive official certificates of freedom.   John and Mary Jones dedicated themselves to the fight against slavery and the Illinois Black Laws.   Illinois was admitted to the union as a free state in 1818, per the Half Way to Freedom story.   Black children went to school without being force to the school they did not want to go to. Several free blacks lived in Chicago and black men ran businesses.

      I oppose slavery because I believe that everyone should be free.   Free to make choices, free to make decision, free to speak when needed.   I believe men are all created equal and should be treated as such.   No one should be confined or under physical restraint.   Everyone should have a right to their own opinion.   According to the Martin Luther King Speech, http://www.mlkonline.net/quotes.html,   “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that my four little...

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