Throughout the novel the relationship between Jim and Huck grew to the point where Huck no longer cared about the repercussions that came with helping a runaway slave. Huck was even willing to help Jim escape the owner to which he was sold to by the king. Huck was a loyal friend to Jim as was Jim to Huck. At first, Huck saw Jim as a runaway slave who didn’t really matter because he was black. Since Huck was young the idea that slaves were beneath him had been implemented and he believed it because society upheld this idea.
In the book “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” the author, Frederick Douglass, expresses the idea that slaves were to kept ignorant by their masters in order to keep them fit for a slave. In the 1800s, slaves were humans mostly African Americans, that were forced to do hard labor with no benefits. Slaves had little to eat or none at all as well as no clothes. They were treated as animals with no respect. Their masters would say to not give them any information of their childhood whatsoever.
When the reconstruction period began after the Civil War the Republican set into motion their own plans, restoring rebellious states into the Union and finding a place in society for free slaves. However, there were two major problems standing in their way, the ex-Confederates and President Andrew Johnson. The ex-Confederates were causing trouble by starting riots and trying take political action against freed African Americans, such as during the Memphis Riot in 1866. Johnson, being a Democrat, allied himself with the ex-Confederates because he shared the same beliefs as them regarding freed slaves. They believed that they should be forced to continue working on plantations, which is Johnson enacted the Black Codes, which were meant to force former slaves to work back on plantations.
In most relationships between a slave and their slavemaster, the master has complete control over the slave’s entire life, determining even what happens to their offspring. During the Civil War, slave masters did not permit their slaves to live anywhere near human so that they could keep control and have the slave remain an inferior. There was a direct relationship between the amount of control a master had and treatment of slaves like animals. There are some famous examples of revolts where the slaves realised the true potential and power they had when they
Satire is once again used to portray slavery in this novel. For instances, Huck’s father Pap should have been protecting Huck instead of being drunk and abusing Huck. On the other hand, Jim who was a negro slave has more compassion and consideration towards Huck. This shows the foolishness of slavery. Because of Slavery prevalent in that period of time, the slaves were considered to be “mere property” without any emotions or personalities.
This quote showed how they don’t care about Jim and how they just care about the money. Another quote “While slaveholders profit from slavery, the slaves themselves are oppressed, exploited, and physically and mentally abused. Jim is inhumanely ripped away from his wife and children. However, white slaveholders rationalize the oppression, exploitation, and abuse of black slaves by ridiculously assuring themselves of a racist stereotype, that black people are mentally inferior to white people, more animal than human.” (LitCharts).
Aquinas’s probable view on the slave trade in 19th Century Looking at Aquinas viewpoint on slavery and his theory of just law and unjust law, it’s quite likely that he would have abhorred the African slave trade in the nineteenth century. It certainly cannot be considered as the form of natural slavery as they did not need to be enslaved for the sake of their own benefit. The forcible removal of Africans form their native land and being transported to southern United States was clearly not beneficial for them but was perhaps only beneficial for the slave traders and rich farmers who needed them for slave labour. They also did not have any debts to repay as form of justifying their slavery to the Southerners.
This was the solution that black people found so as to obtain their freedom, and in this fragment of Stowe´s narrative it is best portrayed by both George and his wife Eliza. George´s disobedience came as the result of the repeated beating and hatred received, so that made him question his master and his own position in life as being a slave: “And who made him my master? […] what right has he to me? I am a man as much as he is. I´m a better man then he is.
Towards the end, Huck is the boy who helped a slave get his freedom and his rights, If there were to be another boy in Huck’s place, he would’ve loved having a slave do all his work for him. Huck on the other hand is very uncomfortable having a slave do his work for him, because he is not used to it and rather do everything himself. Although Huck hold on to the aspect of racism, he still has more respect for blacks than others at the time being. Huck’s has been raised in a place and time, where slavery and difference between men was normal. In the beginning of the novel, Huck didn’t respect black people and didn’t care about them either.
After the Underground Railroad, moral code came into question, and with the Constitution demanding all people be equal, the people in the North could no longer bear to uphold slavery. The Underground Railroad was risky and dangerous, but it furthered racial equality by creating a coalition against slavery and by freeing African
Thomas Paine was opposed to slavery due to the quote he said. "Slave, who is proper owner of his freedom, has the right to reclaim it, however often sold." He goes on to say the African slaves were forced into the slavery due to the Europeans bring liquor to there land, bribing one against another, and hiring tribes to fight other tribes. Thomas Paine was an original member of the Anti Slavery formed in Philadelphia.
Thomas Jefferson, the great president and the writer of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson did not expect the Declaration of Independence to end slavery, his slavery clause indicates his distaste for the growth of the institution of slavery and yet his actions are inconsistent related to slavery. He tried to get the slave trade abolished, yet he owned slaves, it has been said he had a sexual relationship with one of his slaves, and he used them for his plantations. Why did he go through the trouble to even stop slaves when he owned so many?
The case that changed it all came in 1857 as in the North people were also angered over the Dred Scott decision as it only widened the political and social gap between the North and South and took the nation only closer to a civil war. Dred Scott was a slave that was taken to a free slave state with his master and lived on the land for a long time to be only returned to Missouri, which was a slave state but his master passed away and Dred Scott decided to sue for his freedom by the help of abolitionist lawyers. Dred Scott claimed he should be free since he had lived on free soil for many years. In 1857, Dred Scott lost due to decision by seven out of nine of Justices on the Supreme Court voted he must be a citizen, so as a non-citizen he could not sue in a federal court and must go back to being a slave. Howard on page 33 states perfectly what this decision was truly meant by stating, “As relates to these States, it is too plain for argument, that they have never been regarded as a part of the people or citizens of the State, nor supposed to possess any political rights which the dominant race might not withhold or grant at their pleasure.”
He fights for laws to abolish slavery in the North, yet wants it to continue in the South, he writes letters to his friends lamenting the institution of slavery, yet publicly agrees that there is indeed a need for slavery in America. Early in his life, when he practiced law, Jefferson fought the famous case where he defended a slave, and when his client lost the case, he offered him money, which presumably helped him escape. Jefferson may have advocated strongly for the freedom of slaves in his early years, and he may have written the famous line, ‘all men are created equal’ but that does not mean that he believed that African Americans were equal to the white Americans. His proclamation only stands for European and American people. He believed that African Americans were inferior to the Europeans and they could not be freed, otherwise they would create havoc that would be impossible to solve.