I now wished for the last friend, death to relieve me..”(130). He further states, “Two of the white men offered me eatables; and, on my refusing to eat, one of them held me fast by the hands, and laid me across the windlass, and tied my feet, while the other flogged me severely” (130). This demonstrates how he was in an unknown situation since he was captured by white people who flogged him “severely” because he did not want to eat. By describing such experience, Equiano demonstrates the hardships many slaves had to go through in order to survive. In his case, he was taken away by these people he had never seen before, making him feel “filled of horrors of every kind”
Devour their curdled blood, gobble up their molten flesh, and ravish their females’ ebony bodies; what else have masters to do when the slaves’ toil brings them all that they need and more. Bundled up under the decks, inhaling a loathsome stench, Equiano feels “so sick and low” that he becomes unable to eat and wishes for death, his last friend, but only to get tortured further (Equiano 65). This represents an average slave’s life when being transported from his native land to the colonizers’ country to work in fields, mills, and factories. Slave trade, the cruelest evil of colonization, has resulted in the deprivation of African people of their kith and kin, their freedom and dignity, and their right to a decent life. On the other hand, their
An example of this is, “we hanged our harps upon the willow in the midst thereof” (Douglass 286). This piece of text is Douglass saying that once you’ve been a slave there is no way to forget everything that he experienced because of how horrifying it was. With this quote it helps to prove his credibility because he can relate to what slaves are going through and can use his personal experiences to convince people that slavery needs to end. While Frederick Douglass experienced many atrocities during his time as a former slave many Americans were aware of what slaves experienced, so he had to use other means as well to persuade his audience to support abolitionism which would help end slavery once and for all in
The Atlantic Slave Trade was the movement of Africans to the Americas as slaves. The slave trader, Captain Thomas Phillip in document B he says “ We endure twice the misery; and yet by their mortality our voyages are ruined.”(Phillips). He is saying that they are dying and that it isn’t a good thing, but for a different reason. He also says “But what the smallpox spared, the flux swept off, to our great regret, after all our pains and care to give [the slaves] their messes,... keeping their lodgings as clean and sweet as possible…”(Phillips). That is saying the conditions that they live in and how they “try” to keep it clean.
Douglass encountered multiple harsh realities of being enslaved. For example, the ex-slave was practically starved to death by his masters on multiple occasions. In fact, “[He was] allowed less than a half of a bushel of corn-meal per week, and very little else...It was not enough for [him] to subsist upon...A great many times [he had] been nearly perishing with hunger” (pg 31). Douglass managed to overcome the maltreatment of his wretched slave owners through the eventual attainment of freedom. The injustice imposed upon the African-American slaves by their owners was the crux of Douglass’s motivation to escape this inhumane life.
He described slaves’ fear of their masters that often took pleasure in punishing and whipping their property; the hardships of fieldwork where blacks would work all day with only few breaks for meals or how the owners were impregnating black women in order for them to produce more, free laborers. Douglas wrote and published his autobiography when slavery was legal in many states. He believed that once white people will hear about the reality of black’s lives on the plantations and it would come out of slaves’ mouth, they would understand that slavery must be abolished immediately. The book became a huge success, within four months of the publication, five
He realized how wrongly slaves were treated and became depressed at the conditions they were put through. He often thought about committing suicide (Douglass 41). While Frederick was in this condition, his former master, Anthony, died and all of Anthony’s property had to be returned to be valued (Douglass 45). Frederick was sent back, to live with Lucretia and was there for a month before returning to Baltimore (Douglass 47). After his return to Baltimore, he was sent to Thomas, who thought Frederick was misbehaving.
Several documents were printed to improve the number of casualties during the transportation of the Africans. One of these contributions was James Barbot Jr. who wrote the “General Observations on the Management of Slaves.” Resistant among the captives did occurred aboard ships as Barbot described one of his personal account of the revolt aboard Don Carlos. He argued that mistreatment of the African captives was the main reason they became desperate to escape the imprisonment. Although his suggestions appeared more humane in treating the African captives with proper care and nourishment, it was to keep the number of their prized captives alive during the transportation. In order to monitor and manage the captives aboard ships, they seek to educate slave traders how to treat the Africans to maximize profits.
When slavery was abolished, Jim Crow laws were put into effect to keep African Americans and Whites separated. During these times black slaves were to receive 4 acres of land and a mule from the slave owner to repay them for the incarceration as slaves. Due to the split labor market, blacks had a harder time retaining their jobs, and the jobs that were approved for blacks were low paying. Despite the these societal disadvantages against the African American people, some slaves like my great, great, great grandfather, Wesley A. Settles who built the first school in Edgefield, SC where he taught African American children how to read and write, were able to rise and prosper.
He understood the position that those he was looking after are in but he also finds experiencing something that was unknown to him. As an overseer Equiano discovers the horrible treatment the slaves are faced with and this disgusts him. As years had gone by Equiano continued to rely on his newfound faith in God to guide him through the difficult situations he had been facing. His religious faith had played an important role on his views of slavery and why he believed it was wrong. Christianity allowed Equiano to discover a sense of equality that every human was supposed to have, and that each person deserved to be treated with dignity.