Slavery Today

Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, author, and revolutionary. Thomas is best known for his pro-independence pamphlet Common Sense, which made him the Voice of the Revolution. He also wrote African Slavery in America, the first article proposing the emancipation of African slaves and the abolition of slavery. Thomas didn’t want slavery and it finally ended in America in 1863. A lot of people don’t think of it as much because it is illegal in America, but is slavery still happening now?

[http://www.punkerslut.com/articles/thomaspaine.html]

As I read about Thomas Paine’s pamphlet African Slavery in America, I thought about an episode from a TV show I was watching called Taboo. This particular episode was about human trafficking all over the world, including the United States. Human trafficking is known as modern day slavery. It is an illegal trade of human beings for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor. Every year, thousands of men, women, and children fall into the hands of traffickers. In most cases, women and children are the victims. They are taken from their homes and put into trafficking. In other cases, victims pay to be illegally transported into the United States, but find themselves in trafficking instead. These people are kidnapped and put in trafficking for prostitution, removal of organs, and slavery.

[http://capmn.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/human-trafficking-in-minnesota-series-part-1-introduction/]

Not much is different between slavery then and slavery now, except slavery now is more hidden than it was before because its illegal. Other than that, everything is basically the same. People went to Africa and took men, women, and children away from their homes and families. They were bought and sold to people for sexual exploitation and forced labor just like it is today. Everything seems to be the same. Nothing, but the name has been changed with slavery over time.

[http://www.nps.gov/revwar/about_the_revolution/african_americans.html]

[http://mgjack.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/human-trafficking-threatens-families-women-children/]

A lot of people don’t know it and probably won’t believe it, but slavery is still a big issue today in the United States. People think since slavery was ended and banned from the United States that it isn’t an issue anymore. It’s sad to say, but people today, here in this country are being bought, sold and smuggled like slaves were during the revolutionary. Thomas Paine may have played a part of ending slavery during that time by telling people how he felt about slavery and that it was wrong, but as we see, its still going on today. The next time someone asks “Does slavery still exist,” the answer is yes. Its happening everyday, all around the world, even in the United States.

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What impact did the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” have on the people of New England?

While reading Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” it made me do a lot of thinking. There was a lot of things I was interested in, but there was only one question that I really wanted to know about. What impact did the sermon have on the people of New England? Did the sermon make the people that didn’t believe start believing? Did they really listen to the sermon and do as Jonathan Edwards told them to do to prevent them from going to Hell?

Jonathan Edwards was a theologian and Christian preacher. He played a big role at starting what’s known as the First Great Awakening, which began in the 1730s. The Great Awakening was a period of religious revivals led by ministers from various evangelical Protestant denominations. The reason for the Great Awakening was to get people interested in the religion and to increase the membership of the church. Jonathan Edwards’ congregation was involved with a revival group called the “Frontier Revival”. Most of the ministers during the Great Awakening shared sermons that were theological arguments. When Edwards read his sermons, he wanted to persuade people to believe with fear.

[http://www.great-awakening.com/?page_id=12]

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An example of a fearful sermon is Jonathon Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The sermon was preached to his own congregation and at a church in Enfield, Massachusetts. The sermon was filled with imagery of Hell and citations of scripture. He addresses the sermon to the sinners in the congregation. He wanted to teach them about the horrors of Hell and the dangers of sin. From the horrifying imagery of Hell, fire, Satan, and dramatic warnings about God’s wrathful judgement, he tries to persuade his listeners that they must repent immediately if they don’t want to be punished by God.

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From the video, Jonathan Edwards opened a lot of eyes with the sermon. He impacted a lot of people in many ways. Some people were very scared and felt like they were going to Hell for the things they did. Asking questions like “What shall I do to be saved?” Others just didn’t believe it. They thought he didn’t know what he was talking about. Edwards caused a lot of controversy with the sermon. Even though a lot of people didn’t believe what he was saying, there was a positive impact on many people. The sermon is still used today in religious and academic studies.

[http://greatawakeningdocumentary.com/exhibits/show/biographies/jonathan-edwards]