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Topic: Why were many people in the north still so unfriendly towards blacks even when there was no slavery there?
Bettina Hammer
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Why were many people in the north still so unfriendly towards blacks even when there was no slavery there?
on: July 1, 2015, 19:32

I think they were like this because even though they didn't support the idea of slavery, blacks were still a foreign concept to many of them and the only information they had were the rumors mentioned by people in the south. (Jack Sullivan)


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Re: Why were many people in the north still so unfriendly towards blacks even when there was no slavery there?
on: July 24, 2015, 20:23

I think that so many people in the north were unfriendly towards blacks because there were little to no blacks in the North. They had no chance to get to know them and were only influenced by the stories of them escaping and being dangerous down in the South.


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Re: Why were many people in the north still so unfriendly towards blacks even when there was no slavery there?
on: August 1, 2015, 08:31

I think that everyone was unfriendly to blacks, because old habits die hard, and since people lived so long with slavery, you can't expect them to change their habits so soon. In addition, Vermont is one of the least diverse states in the nation, ethnicity wise, so people, during the book, could have had a hard time accepting a person whose skin color is different, and of whom they only know by stories from the slavery days. If you notice, during The Spare Room, for the most part, only the adults have problems with Jacob, the people who had lived with slavery the longest.


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Re: Why were many people in the north still so unfriendly towards blacks even when there was no slavery there?
on: August 18, 2015, 07:45

I agree with Annie in the "old habits die hard." Their culture had been accepting of slavery for generations, and yes, old habits are hard to break. And perhaps economics also had something to do with it: the south needed a workforce for their cotton and whatever affected the south would also affect the north. Blacks were chosen in the first place because they are cheap, easy to acquire, and…different. Many people (whites) no doubt found "different" appauling. It's easy to be scared of what you don't know or understand. And I think that, at least in this book, many either did not want to go against the cultural norm or were just scared about what they did not understand.


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Re: Why were many people in the north still so unfriendly towards blacks even when there was no slavery there?
on: August 23, 2015, 17:01

I think that people in the North were still unfriendly to blacks because they weren't used to them not being slaves. These people retained their prejudices from before slavery was outlawed because that was all that they had ever known. They still thought blacks were below them even after it was declared that they were not.


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Re: Why were many people in the north still so unfriendly towards blacks even when there was no slavery there?
on: August 24, 2015, 07:57

I think people in the north were so unfriendly towards blacks for two reasons. The first being that black people were not common in the north so not many people knew what they were like. This caused fear towards them which was then fueled even more by all the common belief at the time that blacks were dangerous (This belief was mainly due to all the stories and rumors from the south) and one should not interact with them. The other reason is many blacks who went through the north were escaped slaves, and getting caught aiding an escaped slave meant you could be punished, although the punishments were much worse in the south, no one wanted to be punished. Many of the escaped slaves made false personas for themselves to protect themselves so the northerners may not have known who was free and who was escaped, so they also distrusted them.


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