Amistad: The Natural State of Mankind
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John Quincy Adams argues in favor of the African slaves in the United States v. The Amistad case in front of the Supreme Court. He displays fervent support for the abolition of slavery and asserts that the natural state of mankind is freedom, which contrasts with the South's view.

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  1. What does the author of the article argue about servitude?
  2. How does John Quincy Adams disagree with the author's position?
  3. What is the natural state of mankind according to John Quincy Adams?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    identify the causes of the Civil War, including sectionalism, states' rights, and slavery, and the e...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain reasons for the development of the plantation system, the transatlantic slave trade, and the...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    compare the effects of political, economic, and social factors on slaves and free blacks
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    analyze the impact of slavery on different sections of the United States
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the causes of the Civil War, including sectionalism, states' rights, and slavery, and signif...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the development of the slave trade
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain the impact of the Atlantic slave trade on West Africa and the Americas

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