Slaves were pushed and chastised simply because of the color of their skin, something they had no control over. This book gave no limitations to the image of how slaves were treated. It showed in great detail how they were beaten and tortured by their masters and the white men around them. The details depicted in this story will teach you just how hard it was to have darker skin in the 1800’s. In Douglass’ life as a slave, he endured a lot of suffering from slaveholders, overseers, and slave mistresses.
Today, slavery takes many forms, but the slaves are treated poorly, yearn for awareness, and seek help. Naturally the slaves were treated like they were below everyone else. Malala was shot in the head because she wanted the gift of an education. (Fox 1)Additionally, freed slaves are asking for awareness. After being shot, Malala has many people who are supporting her, and her blog about her time in slavery.
However, the master made the mistress turn on Douglass and she started treating him just as the other slaves were treated. In the autobiography, Douglass says “How could she, then, treat me as a brute.” Douglass also struggled with the idea of him never being a free man. He would play with the other kids, whom were white, and tell them how he would never be free. He says “I wish I could be free, as you will be when you get to be men… but I am a slave for life.” Douglass used his diction in this autobiography to show the political struggles that he went through as a slave. It is obvious, however, that he did become a successful man and his words of wisdom will live on
It is hard to imagine being beaten until moving is not possible but still being forced to work. How would it feel? This was the case for many slaves in the late 1700s. In the historical fiction book Chains the main character, Isabel is a slave who has experienced brutal slave punishments. This was normal for slaves to be treated terribly at the time.
Killing or lynching of unwanted slaves, mistreatment, torture, segregation, cultural uprooting, disorientation and dislocation were some of the “natural” faith of the slaves. Slaves who survived the inhuman treatments, face their daily lives with “indelible stain” of slavery, indignity, segregated and marginalized and cultural alienation. All these put together, one is faced with a psychological load of permanent lack of identity, consciousness of color and indeed nostalgia for the lost homeland, from where they have been uprooted. Up till today, many former slaves in different parts of the world still bear the blunt scars of slavery, which is difficult - if not impossible - to
As I read Fredrick’s story I was reminded of the cruelty, and injustice of the slavery era. The more I discover about what African Americans went through, the more I become disappointed not only in my country, but in humanity as whole. America, “The Land of the Free”, is all we know in my generation. We cannot truly fathom what it is like or feels like to have our freedom stripped away from us, and treated as animals. Reading a brief part of Fredrick Douglass life put into perspective for me what these people felt during this horrific time period in our history.
Douglass begins his narrative with the analogy, “Slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs (pg. 1).” This analogy is saying that slaves know nothing of their age, which is a basic fact that most people can recall instantly. Also, by using this specific analogy, Douglass is demonstrating how slavery is dehumanizing for blacks by bringing slaves down to the level of a barn animal. White readers at the time would have never known personally what it as like to be treated similarly to an animal, but many were aware that animals were pieces of property, not something that you saw as an equal to a person. By comparing a slave to an animal, white Northerners who had little exposure to slavery could now see how the institution of slavery degraded slaves from the status of a human to that of a piece of expendable property.
Douglass argues that slavery has a horrible effect and it is a bad thing. One piece of evidence is when in excerpt 3 paragraph 3 the text states that ¨Mr.Covey gave us enough to eat, but scarce time to eat it.¨ Another piece of evidence is in excerpt 4 paragraph 12 ¨Causing blood to run where I touched him with the ends of my fingers.¨ This shows that slavery is a thing that can cause pain and has a horrible effect on slaves. This disproves people who believed that was a good thing because this shows that someone can get hurt when they are enslaved. This concludes that people should change what they think about slavery since many have been in pain during
1st Period In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s point that she was trying to get communicate in Uncle Tom’s Cabin is that slavery should be abolished. She communicated this by showing the reader how brutal and callous humans can be, how hard it was for blacks to become free, and how loyal some slaves were despite the fact that they were treated as if they were property. One way Stowe showed that slavery should be abolished is by showing the reader the brutal treatment of the slaves. Stowe included how slave owners like Master Simon Legree work their slaves to death and buy more slaves for cheap, repeating this cycle over and over(Ch 31). Tom was sold at an auction to Master Legree after Master St. Clare is killed(Ch 30).
From document 1, Douglass said that “…the mere hearing of those songs would do more to impress some minds with the horrible character of slavery…” If even the song would tell how horrible the slaves’ lives are, we definitely can say that the slaves are in a miserable condition and they only can express their feelings with their songs. Document 2 is the perspective of a son who saw his father punished by the plantation overseer. “His cries grew fainter and fainter, till a feeble groan was the only response to the final blows.” “But from this hour he became utterly changed. Sullen, morose, and dogged, nothing could be done with him.” Through these descriptions, atrocity of plantation overseer and impact of harsh punishment on slaves are obvious. In document 3, the picture shows that in this bloody trade, slaves are just like materials and goods, they are not treated as people, they are more likely treated like machines and jetton.