INTRODUCTION & THEME OF THE MOVIE Slavery can be called as the theme in the book Twelve Years a Slave written by Solomon Northup. Slavery is an immoral practice in which one human being owns and treats other human as his own property. It is a wicked practice ended in the USA After the American Civil War. when Solomon is kidnapped Into slavery, the anti-slavery Republican Party has not yet made its mark, or it has not been founded. Solomon who is a free man, is aware of slavery only as he has informed by someone about it, and conversed with the slaves of southerners visiting up north.
The banned book that I chose to read for this quarter was “The Confessions of Nat Turner” by William Styron. The book is loosely based upon the slave rebellion that Nat Turner led in Southampton County, Virginia from August 21-23, 1831. The book starts with Nat Turner waiting for his trial for the rebellion, and then proceeds to look back on his life and then tell the novels through a series of flashbacks. The flashbacks start with his first slave master, Samuel Turner, and end with him leading the slave rebellion. The book has also come under quite a bit of criticism however.
Olaudah Equiano and William Wilberforce From 1807 in Britain to 1865 in the United States the process and finalization of the abolishing of slavery began with Olaudah Equiano and William Wilberforce. Born in Igbo land, also known as Southeastern Nigeria, in 1745 Olaudah Equiano had no idea that his future would be filled with separation from his family, being bought and sold, and forced labor. Olaudah Equiano was around 12 years old when he was kidnapped and sold into slavery he first arrived in England from Igbo land. Part of that time he stayed at Blackheath in London with the Guerin family, relatives of Captain Pascal who bought Equiano, where at this point he learned to was read and write. Equiano then had to be put on the middle passage on a slave ship to the New World, which was the western hemisphere, after he was shipped from Barbados.
According to weber.edu, about “1,775,515 nonwhite individuals were enslaved in 1860.” Sadly, slaves during this time period were very common. Jim, a character in the novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is a slave to Miss Watson. However, freedom is not just shown by being free from slavery, it has other definitions. The novel shows three different types of men and what they consider freedom. The main character and narrator of the book, Huck has an abusive father who is addicted to alcohol.
The autobiography, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, written in 1845 in Massachusetts, narrates the evils of slavery through the point of view of Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass is a slave who focuses his attention into escaping the horrors of slavery. He articulates his mournful story to anyone and everyone, in hopes of disclosing the crimes that come with slavery. In doing so, Douglass uses many rhetorical strategies to make effective arguments against slavery. Frederick Douglass makes a point to demonstrate the deterioration slavery yields from moral, benevolent people into ruthless, cold-hearted people.
3 Before his capture, he was supposed to lead the village as chief when he became older. After being enslaved Equiano didn’t suffer in the households he was sold to; however, after boarding his first slave ship he soon learned about the harsh and cruel reality of being a slave. His last master was a lieutenant from the Royal Navy called Michael Henry Pascal and as a result it led him to sail around the world, move to England, and educated himself. 3 After becoming a free man Equiano became a Christian and follows the career as an active abolitionist that spoke out against slave-owners.
In 1776, on July 4th, the 13 English colonies officially declared their freedom from England. However, as the years progressed, slavery became incorporated into everyday American life. In 1852, former slave Frederick Douglass gave a speech to celebrate America’s independence; however, instead of praising the country, he censured Americans for saying they were a “country of the free”. In the speech, Hypocrisy of American Slavery, Frederick Douglass declares that Americans should not be celebrating their freedom when there are slaves living in the country. To convince his audience that Americans are wrong celebrating freedom on the 4th of July when slavery exists in their country, he uses emotional appeal, ethical appeal, and rhetorical questions.
Dred and Harriet Scott had been held captive in free territory and then brought back to a slave state. The case started and progressed into a notorious decision that took 11 years to make by the United States Supreme Court. In the end, freedom was not achieved after several years of fighting for it. The era of reconstruction brought the court case of Plessy vs. Ferguson which is a case of the law being tested by black American men whom test constitutionality by sending one of the men (a mulatto) in their group to sit in the white seating compartment and is challenged by the conductor, eventually arrested and charged with violating state law. Ferguson won the case in the end and in the not-so-immediate future, the Brown vs. Board case
The fourth of July and slaves really don’t mix. Frederick douglass was born as a slave and he does a speech on the fourth of july and they are thinking that he is going to give a whora speech but he dont do that it 's the complete opposite of what they thought.In frederick douglass, Hypocrisy of American Slavery he attacks the hypocrisy of a nation celebrating freedom and independence with speeches, parades and platitudes, while, within its borders, nearly four million humans were being kept as slaves. Overall douglass has explained his speech through emotional,ethical,logical appeal and through rhetorical questions. The first device points out many things but they use emotional appeal and how they use it to show how the slaves are feeling and to create an image of what he is trying to say but anyhow salves and the fourth absolutely don 't not mix at all because the fourth of july is the celebrate the independence of the people and there freedom and “fellow citizens, above your national, tumultuous joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions, whose chains, heavy
Born on 1814 and died at 1879, he was a West African of the Mende people who fight on the Spanish slave ships ´´La Amistad´´, but they wanted to go back to Africa but it was to go America, or United States, and that made them go to jail, and suffer a lot, he was defending this tribe to go back to Africa, because they were enslaved illegaly throught Atlantic slave trade, Americans help to raise money to the return to Africa, he reached his homeland in 1842, when he reach there her wife and son were not there, probably they where slaved too, he was in 3 trials, to make them be free and go back to Africa, when he was in Africa, his tribe said that he killed a lion with only a rock, so everyone treat him very well, they give him, of the expensive cloth , etc. For the tribe he was the leader, Cinque did´t know why the people treat him so good, because he that he only thrown the rock and the lion die, he said that he was a lucky man that survive a lion, but people treat him like a leader