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            History explains various aspects of life that would examine the background of an individual ad a community. Apart from these, the ideas that people argued with life and the existence of different issues were so important. Edward Bylden and Thomas Carlyle were among the great individuals who presented their piece of work from their own perspective. This paper will critically examine the insights of Edward Bylden in critiquing Thomas Carlyle.

            Edward Bylden was an individual who wrote books depending on the societal issues that surrounded him. Throughout his career, he underwent several milestones that took him to view race and life in a different way which he could understand better. He was a great leader who created awareness on people’s potential and self belief. Edward’s piece of work entailed leadership skills and adherence to hard work after he missed out n an admission at his preferred school. In his work, he explains more on the slave trade that became a trend I the early days in the United States and mostly involved the Negros who strived to pursue the duties assigned to them by their masters.

            Thomas Carlyle was a Philosopher whose focus was on the cultural aspects of both Whites and Negros. While Edward tried explaining the essence of humanity during the slave trade and strongly condemning this act, in his work, Thomas believed that the practice was an initiative meant to connect the two and this was the only platform to create this relationship and the only way to get close to the white people. According to Thomas, the Black Negros do not own any place on this earth and the territory belongs to the white people. He gives an example of the Irish people who idle around and have their freedom reserved. According to Thomas, the slave trade is more or less a permanent initiative meant to discourage and target the Negros from pursuing their dreams. His work is focused on negativity from the White men palace and tends to view humanity as only those belonging to the Whites and not Negros. He even invited divine intervention as a sign of having given up on the slave trade actions and labeled the Negros as individuals who barely have a chance in the society.

            Edward clearly receives encouragement to pursue his course intended to be o Theology and Religion from Knox who is White. In apprehending that the Whiteman are full of their own focus and goals, this clearly is not an indication as observed from the actions and encouragement from the same people to Edward. In a direct way, Thomas condemns slave trade and views it as a recurrent problem, which is goal oriented aimed at diminishing the Negros. His focus seems to shift on a long term basis contrary to Edwards’ views on slavery. In his piece of work, Thomas outlines the possibility of the Negros forever becoming a slave to the white (Carlyle 22). He is so skeptical about the end of slave trade and social lives of the Negros. He categorizes the idea close to impossible and believes that the intentions of the Whiteman are to see the Negros forever maintaining their slavery positions.

            During the period Edward was elected the President of the University in Liberia that he pursued his course at, he frequently mad visits to the United States upon requests and invitations to build up more on his leadership skills. The idea was to help transform a better African continent through Edward. Thomas views this as an exploitation platform and condemns it. The intentions of the Whiteman were to see a developed and organized African continent. Thomas quickly points out that even at the age of seventy four, the Negros would still is more or less the same person and grown due to their own efforts.

            Condemning the strong willpower of the Whiteman in rebuilding the Negros is an idea of sidelining the culture of the white people to those that are never human. Thomas’s work strongly condemns such intentions on empowering Africans, at worst, coming from the Whiteman (Bylden 13). He has a direct hatred and attitude driven to the Americans community which automatically makes him view issues in and a totally opposite direction that hiders any ideas from forthcoming. Thomas does not considered the dimensions on the leadership skills instilled in the likes of Edward, who confidently vied for Presidency due to this initiative.

            It might be his background or upbringing that made him set this piece of work, and argues it in a philosophical skeptical perspective which is still arguable. An approach on condemning the Whiteman on the issues that are unjustified is not supported and would entail future misfortune for such a piece of work. Thomas should have separated his work from attitudes and personal differences he might have incurred in his life journey with the white man community to receive a positive reception.


            Pan Africanism was a good initiative by Edward and an encouragement especially to the citizens of Liberia and the world at large to shun the ideas on negativity and focus on building themselves. The society tames an individual into a holistic being, depending on a period of time.  

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