The South had slave codes which forbade slaves to do various things such as hold property, be out after dark, leave their master’s premises without permission, etc. The codes also prohibited whites from teaching slaves to read or write and it contained extraordinarily rigid provisions for defining one’s race. These slave codes hindered the advancement of slaves, and allowed many whites to have the feeling of racial superiority. This contributed to the reason on why many southern whites and even true outcasts of society had no real opposition to the plantation system or to slavery. True outcasts were the white southerners who occupied the infertile lands of the pine barrens, the red hills, and the swamps.
Torture would you want to be there, dreams would you want to loose them, reality the total opposite of what you think. Has the US changed in slavery from the days of the 17th century till today? Events that have happened in the 17th century are very brutal especially for the African Americans and till today it has not been solved. What was slavery in the 17th centaury? It was cheaper laborers working as slaves (worth nothing or very little) they were brought in to harvest the crops and tobacco.
The Freed blacks and slaves dis not like the upper classes or even the poor whites. They felt oppressed by the upper class and despised the poor whites for taking their jobs. Some of the freed blacks would flee to the north to be protected by the Emancipation Proclamation, but even in the north there was hostility regarding African Americans. So, many freed blacks stayed in the south because they had the chance to finally own their own land and could sign labor contracts to work for actual wages. Except, sometimes they would be kidnapped and forced back into slavery because many upper class whites felt they were not worthy of being in a social class nor free.
Free blacks in the North were not very free because of their limited freedoms in politics, economics, and in their social lives. Blacks in the North were not very free because they had very little social freedom. In Charles Mackay’s Life and Liberty in America: or Sketches of a Tour in the United States and Canada in 1857-1858, he wrote, “…he [blacks] shall not be free to dine and drink at our board [table]… to mingle with us in the concert-room, the lecture-room, the theatre, or the church…” (Doc B). Blacks were very isolated in this society. They could not interact with Whites at all.
During the twentieth century, there was a significant change in predominant representations of and beliefs about the nature of Afro-American identity. From the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, blacks were almost always seen as inherently rural. According to this view, Africans were living in or recently emerged from the jungle. American Negroes were slightly different, having been domesticated and trained to do farm work. The most natural and best place for Negroes was on the farm; blacks did not yet understand civilization, would not be able to handle life in a modern city, and would be out competed in the workforce by the more adept and urban whites.
Mildred D. Taylor took these events into consideration when writing her novel, and in doing so, gave an accurate representation of how life was for colored people in the 1930s. Despite gaining their freedom, the vast majority of African Americans became farmers as they were well experienced in the trade. However, most of them had to become a sharecropper, or a farmer who works someone else’s land for a share of the profit. Buying land was even more of a challenge for colored people, as many whites refused to sell it to them. Being a sharecropper meant that not only did one have a job, but they were also provided with a place to live on their small share of land.
Southerners opted for separation of races, and this was enforced through the Black Codes. Separate water fountains, street cars, schools, and churches were all implemented by the national government. Senator Hiram talked about segregated schools, and stated, “... And this rule prevailed there, that colored people should go into a smoking car…”( Hiram, 1871) . Train cars were only for the superior race, the Whites. He also made connections to the segregation in schools when he said, “Let lawmakers cease to make the difference, let schools trustees and school boards cease to make the difference...”( Hiram, 1871).
Black people were purposefully separated from most social contact with whites and any activities which they were involved in. The system was programmed in a manner that has been deliberately designed to make life for the black person excruciating. The education scheme was systematically designed to equip black people for inferior occupations by making it difficult for black people to pursue certain academic standards. Even in low income work environments which held a small proportion of poor white people, black people were always treated unfairly and the white race had advantages over the black people in terms of voice and being protected by the laws of the white government. Thus, the white government prevented black people from gaining any knowledgeable or philosophical power.
The southern colony and New England Colony had many differences. The New England colony was based more in manufacturing while the southern colony was about agriculture as far as their economy. One big difference is that New England colony didn’t believe in slavery like the southern colonies believed. Slaves and indentured servants were the backbone of the Southern economy. They did much of the labor work for the southern colonies cash crops.