“This battle with Mr. Covey was the turning-point in my career as a slave” (69). Douglass’s actions of fighting back against Mr. Covey set the tone of vindictive, disproved that all negroes should be ruled by their white masters. Douglass was tired of his master taking control over him, so he fought back against slavery.
Covey, he does the one thing he has failed to do in his life as a slave; he takes legitimate action to resist his condition. Every other example of Douglass voicing contempt for his circumstances results in very little actual rebellion. Yes, he does disobey the rule that slaves cannot learn to read, however this does not lead to him pursuing freedom, rather simply a realization that he deserves freedom (531). Something happens to Douglass psychologically that inspires him to say that enough is enough. Douglass even acknowledges, “[F]rom whence came the spirit I don’t know−I resolved to fight” (548).
They resisted slavery through the rebellion of Non-violent schemes such as sabotaging, malingering and poisoning of their Slave masters. “If a man does not stand for something they fall for anything” (Marshall) and that includes believing that anything is accepted even slavery and slave laws. The Enslaved blacks that resisted inhumane treatment were people who had integrity even if that integrity was chartered towards death. They were many Enslaved blacks who were discontented with their condition on the lodging grounds and sought the satisfaction to improve it in whatever way they can. They can be considered as peace or freedom leaders because they fought back regardless of the circumstances.
The north was becoming increasingly industrial whereas the south still relied on a primarily agrarian lifestyle. This growing shift caused northerners to regard slavery as necessary and even detrimental to their own interests. The Free Soil movement was one such group that was against slavery but for personal and not moral or religious reasons. David Wilmot, a prominent Free Soiler, made this clear in a speech to Congress. He said that did not feel any sympathy or moral obligation to the slave but was against slavery because of the threat it presented to white labor (doc H).
He wants them to think about their choices and really know if this is the moral or the right thing to do. If they don’t even know why they’re making him a slave then they could change their opinions on the topic of his freedom. He won’t stand by and let people accept what society has told them about slaves. Douglass wants them to come to their own decisions about slavery and all the comes with
America in the colonial era as well in the 1800’s, the country has been filled with a lot events and cultural bias. In the South, slavery has been a popular way of life for Americans for the production of cotton, corn, tobacco, and much more. Whites were owning Black men and women in order to work on the plantation as well as keeping up the Slave master’s home as well. However, as years pass by slaves started to become educated and starting to understand the terms of liberty and freedom, that America was based on these key characteristics since the foundation of the first colony of the New Land. Two of the major well known individuals, who had their message heard was Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth.
When examing the story about Hendrik Albertus and Mey, the relationship between master and slaves is evidently unique. In the beginning of the story, one can find an expected relationship where the slave does something that the master does not like causing the master to therefore punish the slave. This was seen in the story when Mey and some other slaves “dawdled and resturned to their jobs a half-hour late.” Hendrik is upset by the disrespect from his slaves and has his son punish them to the extreme. Because the slaves disobeyed his master, this form of punihsment was not unconventional. Five days later, Mey was whipped again.
Which represent faith in God had left him and his wife Faith symbolized his religion. Faith warned him not to go into the forest, as for she knew that it would be a danger and will change his life, but he did it anyways. Brown could have made a decision to stay out, but his mind was so curious to find out more about the unknown that it destroyed his life forever. Overall, if Young Goodman Brown would have made a decision to choose the good path and not go into the forest with the devil, his life would have not changed for the worst. He would have kept his wife Faith.
He understands that there is prejudice in the society against black people and that even though he tried his best, he could lose the case since he had not seen a jury deciding in favor of a black man. He understands the facts of life but stays committed to the truth. He knows that he would have to appeal jury 's decision in case Tom Robinson is found guilty. In the next stanza, Kipling points out that in life when you lose everything, you must be also willing to forget about your loss. He advises that you will need to keep your "Will" alive in the most challenging circumstances even though you feel that you are physically and emotionally beaten.
Douglass focused on the true aspects of his life and showing what his life was really about. Douglass also contributed to this period while he did show some qualities in romanticism. He never softened the blow of his harsh words for the unsuspecting reader. Douglass spoke his mind and did not care who he offended by it, and this is how Frederick Douglass contributed to the Realism period in Literature. "The whisper that my master was my father, may or may not be true; and, true or false, it is of but little consequence to my purpose whilst the fact remains, in all its glaring odiousness, that slaveholders have ordained, and by law established, that the children of slave women shall in all cases follow the condition of their mothers; and this is done too obviously to administer to their own lusts, and make a gratification of their wicked desires profitable as well as pleasurable; for by this cunning arrangement, the slaveholder, in cases not a few, sustains to his slave the double relation of master and father” (947).
. I must go with him into another part of the woods where there was a certain root, which if I would take some of it with me, carrying it always on my right side, would render it impossible for Mr. Covey, or any white man to whip me”(Douglass, 80). By giving Frederick the root and sharing his advice with him, Sandy has shown the importance of community. Sandy barely knew Frederick yet he showed Frederick the root to help him with Mr. Covey’s punishments.
Tom’s life was about his faith and how he conquered obstacles in his life because of his will power. His belief saved him, and if only more slaves are like him. They could have made it and eventually tasted freedom. Slavery should not have happened, if only whites accepted the fact that people are all equal regardless of their skin color. The Civil War took more lives than WWI and Vietnam War combined.