Cliff Notes for Chapter 11:
People's Rights Problems


[audio]The following information was presented in this chapter:

Politics and economics played a large role in people's rights problems. Some major problems involved slavery, Native Americans, and Mexican Americans.

  • Before 1400, Europeans used their own race as slaves, and slavery was often temporary.
  • After 1400, Europeans used Africans as slaves, and slavery became permanent.
  • Three factors that influenced slavery were primogeniture, environment, and the cotton gin.
  • Many African slaves died of disease before the ships even reached land.
  • Attitudes about slavery changed after the Revolutionary War, but not about Africans.
  • The Native Americans were gradually forced from their land and had communication problems.
  • The Mexican Americans also lost most of their land and had little political power.

    [audio]Important dates to remember:

  • 1400- change in permanency and race or culture of slaves.
  • 1831- slave rebellion.
  • Mid-1800s- people's rights and economic problems for Native Americans.
  • 1845-1848- people's rights and economic problems for Mexican Americans

    Who's who in this chapter:

  • Nat Turner- led a slave rebellion in 1831.
  • Harriet Tubman- an escaped slave and conductor of the Underground Railroad.
  • Frederick Douglass- an escaped slave and leader of the abolitionist movement.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe-wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin.
  • Dred Scott- a slave who sued for his freedom and lost.