These deaths occurred because of diseases and afflictions resulting from the crowded conditions, lack of adequate shelter, poor water supply, and nutritional needs not being met. Deaths also resulted from violence within Andersonville. This violence came in the form of gunshots from guards killing prisoners crossing the deadline and from violent encounters within the prison community itself, including six executions carried out against individuals convicted by the prisoners themselves. The hell that was Andersonville finally ended with the South’s surrender April
Meanwhile, their masters enjoyed whipping and mistreating them regardless of their action, but slaves had to endure their feeling and angry in order to survive, and not telling the truth about their masters. Slaveholders would not receive any punishment for murdering or whipping slaves to death when Douglass recalled the master
People have their equal right, and should not be ranked depending on their skin color or gender. However, as “The American Story” states “The masters of these agrarian communities sought to ensure their personal safety and the profitability of their enterprises by using physical and psychological means to make slaves docile and obedient” (page 352), because of the greed of wealth and safety, some people discarded their basic humanity and discipline and made excuses to justify their cruelty, so the slavery became like a tumor growing in the human society rapidly. With physical and psychological abuse, this “tumor” tortured every struggling people from day to night. As the insight of a dark history, Frederick Douglass’s “Narrative of the Life
Does being a slave mean you have no human rights and deserve to be treated with such brutality that you wish day in day out you 'd rather be dead? Are you a slave because of the color of your skin? Or the family you have been born into? Many of us are familiar with the word slave but very few open their eyes, dig deep into the past and try to comprehend what slaves went through. The inhumanity they faced for what?
On the other hand the North thought that the blacks were unfit for politics and that they need to forget about the conditions of how slavery was. “The blacks, as a people, are unfitted for the proper exercise of political duties… The rising generation of… blacks needed a period of probation and instruction; a period… long enough for the black to have forgotten something of his condition as a slave and learned much of the true method of gaining honorable subsistence and of performing the duties of any position to which he might aspire.” The North thinks that the blacks are unfit for politics but in the South the blacks are being held at gunpoint. The Reconstruction was about helping blacks not killing
They seized the armory and seven people were killed while a dozen others were wounded. His intention was to arm slaves with weapons from the arsenal, but no slaves came to his calling and the raid was put to rest by Colonel Robert E. Lee and his marines. These acts of treason are what made John Brown a important figure back then. He tried a different approach to having slaves freed but in the end it back fired and cost him and some of his kids their lives. Some people say he was a hero because he stood up to the south bulling of slaves but others say he was a terrorist because he killed innocent people based on their
Getting caught doing so would lead to punishment. A difference wasn’t that slaves didn’t want to know how to read and write, slave holders wanted slaves to remain ignorant. Were the slaveholders threatened that if slaves were educated they would be able to outsmart them or be able to escape? Definitely.
The blacks had no rights as a citizen due to the southern rules. Overall, the southerns treated blacks unfairly and without any respect. However, the northerners felt as if slavery should end and that is what all of the individuals had fought
The non-comparable information that these two slave narratives do not have in common is that Harriet Smith was born into slavery while Charlie Smith was more or less sold into it and brought over from Gatlin, Africa. Slavery in America was considered and viewed to be one of the most devastating times in history. For African Americans were forced into slavery faced abuse, neglect, and death it was others like Aunt Harriet Smith and Charlie Smith that were actually treated fairly by the ones had them. Both of these former slaves’ tales were touching and very informative that the information provided had given a more in depth look at what they faced, what they had endured, and how their lives were when slavery
The Mexican-American war is to be partially blamed for the civil war for a big reason, slavery. Slavery during the American-Mexican war was very problematic concerning the North and the South. There were problems between the NOrth and South concerning if slavery should be allowed or not, the North wanted slaves to be free but the south did not. The south benefitted from the slaves because in the south cotton fields and factories were more common and they would be handled by the slaves. The slave owners also referred to as masters, would say how labor work was only for slaves and doing their work would make the masters stoop down to the slaves level.
In 1845, Frederick Douglass reveals his experience as a slave in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Slaveholders laid a cover of mental darkness over the slaves for centuries. The slaves were taunted physically, socially, and intellectually. Slaves were beaten savagely during this peculiar time. Aunt Hester was physically beaten until” warm, red blood”, said Douglass, fell from her body.
The times of slavery had only brought sadness and despair for all African-Americans in the United States during the times of the Civil War. People were treated as property, denied a proper education, and overall treated as expendable and inconsequential pieces of trash. The one thing that was done so that we could understand the pain that these slaves had gone through was the slaves explaining their experiences through writing to be studied throughout history. However, there are very distinct differences between the writings in how they are made and written. Two examples of slave narratives that I had found strikingly similar was an interview with a Mr. James Monroe Abbot who was a documented slave born in 1854 and an excerpt from the narrative of Solomon Northup called “12 Years A Slave”.
Frederick no longer has this flexibility or “elasticity” of adjusting to where ever he is sent while staying true to his own morals and himself. The identity that he loses turns him into a slave that no different than the rest. He knows that in order to escape slavery, he must learn how to read and write; however if he no longer has this excitement and the resolve to learn, then he will never escape slavery. As Douglass says “the dark knight of slavery closed in upon me,” revealing to the reader the maliciousness of practice of slavery and why it has such a deleterious effect on the formation of slaves’ identities. By working the slaves to the point that working all day and with minimal rest is ingrained into their minds, the slaves not only lose a sense of who they are, but also become less of
Slavery in practice was from a different reality than slavery in the minds of those who held slaves and defended slavery. The testimony of the slave’s not only physical but mental slavery shows how bleak their lives truly were under the rule of their masters. Men like Frederick Douglas show that once a slave learns what it means to be free they will forever try to obtain it which is what made southern slave owners nervous. Far from thankful dependents slaves would and did lash out at the peculiar