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.
Many complications arise when proving the slave conspiracy in Winthrop D. Jordan 's Tumult and Silence at Second Creek. In Mississippi during the spring and summer of 1861, slaves from Adams County plotted to gain freedom from their owners. Following the unveiling of the conspiracy to the slave-owners, the so-called court proceedings show reason to believe that something went awry. The way the slave-owners arrived at the information of the conspiracy and the way they proceeded in court lead to questions about the legitimacy of the conspiracy. Also, each reply from the slaves resemble each other with uncanny similarity.
Both of these great men had a huge impact on America. Frederick Douglas was a runaway slave who had seen and experienced horrible things while in slavery. He worked hard to attain rights for African-Americans. Booker T. Washington had been a slave, but was freed at a very young age. He believed that the best way to help African-Americans was by educating them.
The legendary abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass was one of the most important social reformers of the nineteenth century. Being born into slavery on a Maryland Eastern Shore plantation to his mother, Harriet Bailey, and a white man, most likely Douglass’s first master was the starting point of his rise against the enslavement of African-Americans. Nearly 200 years after Douglass’s birth and 122 years after his death, The social activist’s name and accomplishments continue to inspire the progression of African-American youth in modern society. Through his ability to overcome obstacles, his strive for a better life through education, and his success despite humble beginnings, Frederick Douglass’s aspirations stretched his influence through
From this, derives a bond with the reader that pushes their understanding of the evil nature of slavery that society deemed appropriate therefore enhancing their understanding of history. While only glossed over in most classroom settings of the twenty-first century, students often neglect the sad but true reality that the backbone of slavery, was the dehumanization of an entire race of people. To create a group of individuals known for their extreme oppression derived from slavery, required plantation owner’s of the South to constantly embedded certain values into the lives of their slaves. To talk back means to be whipped. To fail to do work to a respectable level means to be sold to another plantation and ripped away from one’s family.
At the birth of a nation the United States had over 7 hundred thousand slaves and these slaves would have no rights. Mum Bett was a slave who began to test the slave laws. Mum Bett had heard her masters talk about a new constitution that all slave men were free. She went to Stockbridge where she convinced a young lawyer to help her file a lawsuit. Unlike other lawsuit cases that involve a slave suing his master this one was different.
The Underground Railroad was a system of abolitionists that assisted runaway slaves on their path to freedom. The Underground railroad was started by abolitionist and former slave, Harriet Tubman. Once Tubman obtained her freedom, she decided to go back into slave states and help other slaves achieve freedom. On the railroad were conductors, or people that aided slaves on the railroad by providing them shelter and safety. Abolitionists, such as William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass, wrote about the Underground Railroad and spread awareness of the hardships slaves face.
There was an innumerable amount of people who were willing to put themselves at risk to offer a helping hand to slaves in search of freedom, but Harriet Tubman is one of the most well-known leaders of the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in 1820 in Maryland and escaped in 1849. After her successful journey to freedom, she returned south many times to help family members and hundreds of other slaves gain the ability to live a free life (Harriet Tubman Biography.com). She also worked as a spy during the Civil war for the Union Army. After the war was over, she helped impoverished former slaves by establishing her own Home for the Aged (Harriet Tubman).
The reader can express from the novel that Phillis Wheatley was a lucky slave that her slavery gave her life a big turnaround. Phillis Wheatley gain the title of being the first African American that became a poet, she was kidnapped at the short age of seven to be sold to a wealthy family in the Boston slave auction in 1761 and later was brought to America. Phillis had the chance to receive an education due to Susannah Wheatley, Phillis was taught to read and write as well as being able to know the Bible. She was a smart child that took advantage of her slavery and took advantage of every opportunity she had to write about freedom, slavery and religion through her writings in poetry. For her it was the voice of expression she had of being able
He grew up in Southampton County, Virginia, where slavery was a very common. (“Nat Turner”) Freedom was something Nat and his family sought out for throughout their lives. “His mother had considered murdering him at birth to prevent him from suffering the misery of slavery.” (“Nat Turner”) This goes to show the tremendous toll slavery had on many families; a mother could kill her baby to give them a better life. Nat’s “owner,” Benjamin Turner, gave him the opportunity to learn how to read and write. (“Nat Turner’s Rebellion”) It became apparent from a young age that Nat was a very intelligent child.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a nonviolent man who believed in equality for all. On the other hand Malcolm X lived by any means necessary and was not afraid to use force or intimidation. Unfortunately both men would be assassinated but not before making an impact on the world. Martin Luther King Jr. was
Frederick Douglass was born to Harriot Bailey on February, 1818 in a slave cabin on Aaron Anthony 's plantation. The identity of his father is unknown due to him being separated from his mother at an early age, however, it is rumored that Anthony could have been the possible father; it was common for slave-owners to have affairs with their slaves. Douglass grew up away from his mother and was raised by his grandparents before becoming a slave at the age of six. Although he faced many hardships growing up in slavery, his success is well-known to this day. “He became a trusted advisor to Abraham Lincoln, United States Marshal for the District of Columbia, Recorder of Deeds for Washington, D.C., and Minister-General to the Republic of Haiti” (“A Short Biography of Frederick Douglass”).
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is Frederick Douglass’s autobiography in which Douglass goes into detail about growing up as a slave and then escaping for a better life. During the early-to-mid 1800s, the period that this book was written, African-American slaves were no more than workers for their masters. Frederick Douglass recounts not only his personal life experiences but also the experiences of his fellow slaves during the period. This book was aimed at abolitionists, so he makes a point to portray the slaves as actual living people, not the inhuman beings that they are treated as. In Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, slaves are inhumanly represented by their owners and Frederick Douglass shines a positive light
Can you imagine being kidnapped from your home and sold during the slave trade? Can you imagine living on a planation being mistreated, beaten, and basically treated like an animal? You will read about such events in Olaudah Equiano autobiography “The interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African”. He wasn’t the first African slave, however the first former slave to share his experience. Equiano demonstrates his narrative by expressing with readers a look into his life from a child being kidnapped and becoming a slave and working towards a free man again.