. A single word from the white men was enough-against all our wishes, prayers, and entreaties-to sunder forever the dearest friends, dearest kindred, and strongest ties known to human beings” (Douglass, 59). By splitting up families and friends, the slaveholders were making sure that the slaves didn’t have any family nor friends to create a bond with. They would separate families when the children are born, and move the mother to a different plantation to try and stop the slaves to have bonds. But, when Frederick went to live with Mr. Freeland, he created bonds with the other slaves.
Both of these writers felt responsible to inform their white readership of the hardships slavery had on not only them but on other slaves. For example, Olaudah Equiano experienced being taken away by white people from his country. He even found himself wishing to be back at his former slavery in preference of his “present situation”. He states, “...I became so sick and low that I was not able to eat, not had I the least desire to taste anything. I now wished for the last friend, death to relieve me..”(130).
From document 1, Douglass said that “…the mere hearing of those songs would do more to impress some minds with the horrible character of slavery…” If even the song would tell how horrible the slaves’ lives are, we definitely can say that the slaves are in a miserable condition and they only can express their feelings with their songs. Document 2 is the perspective of a son who saw his father punished by the plantation overseer. “His cries grew fainter and fainter, till a feeble groan was the only response to the final blows.” “But from this hour he became utterly changed. Sullen, morose, and dogged, nothing could be done with him.” Through these descriptions, atrocity of plantation overseer and impact of harsh punishment on slaves are obvious. In document 3, the picture shows that in this bloody trade, slaves are just like materials and goods, they are not treated as people, they are more likely treated like machines and jetton.
Slaves were pushed and chastised simply because of the color of their skin, something they had no control over. This book gave no limitations to the image of how slaves were treated. It showed in great detail how they were beaten and tortured by their masters and the white men around them. The details depicted in this story will teach you just how hard it was to have darker skin in the 1800’s. In Douglass’ life as a slave, he endured a lot of suffering from slaveholders, overseers, and slave mistresses.
I do hope that this letter finds you and your family well. It pains me to write to you of the terrible things that have happened to our family. Our plantation was burned to the ground when Sherman’s soldiers pillaged our town in his March to the Sea. I accept I shall be a spinster and have to make my own way in the world as so many of our young gentlemen have died. Mother, the children, and I are fortunate to be staying with friends of mother’s, on a small plantation outside of Atlanta.
In this time of my life I found out the harsh realities of life and how not everything is fair. In the book Night Elie has to go through something similar to this. In Ellie 's case it was much more rigorous he has to go through his whole family dying for no apparent reasons. This showed Elie how life can 't always be fair and to value everything when you have the
In this document I 've used Calderon “Slavery” lecture, telling us how slaves never felt free or to be known as who they we were. In Calderon 's lecture it tell us how these slaves were stereotypes and be known as a good slave, also these slaves were always told that they were free but free for the whites means “to contract terms of our labor.”This lecture is similar to what John brown was talking about in his last speech. Brown said “Now, is it is have done, in behalf of His despised poor, was not wrong,but right. Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children, and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I submit:so let it be done”(188) These two readings they compare themselves because of how slaves were never treated free or they were always suffering for what their owners would tell them, John Brown put his life into the lives of the slaves and he was always just thinking to free the slaves from all this torture that they have lived. Calderon, Colleen.
African Americans were not treated fairly during slavery. African Americans are just like everyone else and deserve the same right as everyone else, no one should be treated differently by their skin color. Frederick Douglass and Paul Dunbar both talk about slaves and being treated unfair. They both use personal experience to support their ideas. Paul Laurence Dunbar uses conflict in “we wear the mask” to get his point across about African Americans being treated unfairly after slavery ended.
To break rank, to let myself slide to the side of the road…” (Wiesel 86) The acts of these Nazi soldiers were terrible and I can’t imagine being in as tough a situation as Eliezer and his father. The three acts of dehumanization that were committed were that they were forced out of their towns, separated from their families, and forced to walk miles and miles in freezing cold weather. It amazes me how a fifteen year old boy was able to survive all of these terrible things that have happened to him and many others during the Holocaust. We should learn from these terrible things to make sure that it never happens
Day 1 It’s the first day of my four day journey to where I was born an enslaved person in the Caribbean. I became the leader of a rebellion and my experiences of the rebellion itself were dreadful. This was not by plan but was due to “normal reactions to the transatlantic slave trade.” According to slave owners, ‘slaves were notoriously lazy and ill disposed to labour ’, which demonstrate that every day battle. The enslaved also engaged in acts of non-cooperation, petty theft and sabotage, as well as countless acts of insubordination. At times enslaved Africans would resort to more open or violent means of conflict, including the poisoning of animals and owners, at times turned it against them by committing infanticide, self-mutilation and suicide.