For 365 years African American slaves helped thrive the New World into America. They contributed in building the new nation into an economic powerhouse; sadly, slaves get no credit for their outstanding work in helping shape our country. Slaves have to undergo harsh living and working environments every day of their entire lives. Brutality underlays the whole relationship of a slave and his or her owner. He writes to people who are educated about what happened when slavery was accepted, and to those who are afraid to fight back within their own problems.
As a matter of fact, “Desiree’s Baby”, depicts the way in which gender and economic inequalities of mid 19th century southern society, effected the lives of many women and people of color. In the beginning of the story, Chopin talks about the L’Abri plantation, owned by Armand Augbiny and says, "young Aubigny's rule was a strict one, too, and under it his Negroes had forgotten how to be gay, as they had been during the old master's easy-going and indulgent lifetime" (Chopin). This shows Augbiny’s arrogance and indifference towards his slaves. Augbiny’s treatment of the slaves as a possessions rather than human beings, reveal that he had no consideration for people of color. Desire although white, is treated as a possession.
The laws and expectations of society lead people to use agriculture and the abundant food to their advantage in order to keep face. In a cycle of agricultural wealth and the elite that grew from it lead to an American version of aristocracy and societal rules to separate these wealthy gentlemen and ladies as a higher class and a higher breed of people based on propriety, using the ritualistic practices of etiquette and cordiality at dinners, balls and other social gatherings. This social life revolving around crops and food gives light to an amiable and eminent hospitality that has lasted over hundreds of years to now be coined as “southern
For these women, life could be rough, and just fine for others. It wasn’t unusual for colonial woman to breed ten or more kids, eight or so being the average due to survival of the fittest. The man of the house ran the household, and woman made sure food was on the table at supper, and the fields and gardens were tended to, and all the kids were clothed, dressed and did their chores. In many fashions colonial indentured servants and colonial slave woman were regarded just as slaves, and were faced with harsh punishments if they did not fulfill their duties and obligations. Female trade was common and “interwoven with the mercantile economy and with the “family economies” of particular households” (Ulrich 84).
During the early to mid eighteen hundreds, Britain, and subsequently, the British Empire underwent a change of attitudes towards slavery. Beginning in the 1807 when Britain outlawed slavery, the development of indentured servitude occurred. Following this, African slaves who were freed, nevertheless, the grueling plantation work still needed people to till the fields and harvest the crops. Indentured servitude of Indians was an, as of yet, mostly untapped resource. The largely illiterate Indian populace, not knowing the agreements in which they were signing, were forced into similar roles and conditions as the recently freed Africans.
To find out, we need to go back through history, all the way back to the 1700’s where thousands of Africans were brought to America on large ships for then to be sold or auctioned away as slaves, only to be used as field hands where it was needed. The living conditions were horrible and if you were unlucky enough to be born with black or dark skin, you would for sure be forced to work hard all your life at cotton fields, with no rights or freedom of speech. This lasted for around 100 years before Slave trade was prohibited in a lot of states in the North, even though slavery persisted in the south because of their big cotton industry. This kept on going until 1861, when Abraham Lincoln wanted to end slavery; however, the south did not want to end it because of their industry. This resulted in Lincoln starting a civil war, which the
More minor offenses, such as not working hard enough or being unruly, were often punished with beatings and whippings and sometimes the use of neck collars and leg irons. The life expectancy for slaves was around seven to nine years, and slaves would live out this time in a constant state of fear and sorrow. The transatlantic slave trade was a grotesque institution which benefitted from the extreme suffering of others. The reason the slave trade was allowed to go on for so long and the reason why some people felt no remorse stripping innocent people of their freedom and identity, is the racist attitude Europeans and Americans harbored towards Africans. America has come a long way since then, and maybe one day all people can see each other for what we are:
Arthur Miller brings slavery and racism and in his play, “The Crucible” which are the very common themes in black literature. Tituba lives under the triple oppression of these two things. Under the slavery system, she has to work outside from her homeland Barbados, which makes it hardly possible for her to return. “Negro slave enters. Tituba is in her forties.
The infamous Atlantic Slave Trade was one of the most horrific ventures mankind ever condoned. Although this business endeavor did in fact produce many positive outcomes, its accomplishments are overshadowed by the unimaginable cruelty and indifference the slavers displayed towards their prisoners. When the atrocity of this world-wide trade had ended, around two of the twelve million Africans who were brutally kidnapped from their homes, had died during the voyages. Olaudah Equiano was one of the survivors. Growing up in a western African tribe, he lived with his sister and father, who was the chief.
While on a plantation, Olaudah Equiano was sent inside the estate to fan his ill master and when he walked in he saw a black woman which had on an iron muzzle that “locked her mouth so fast that she could scarcely speak; and could not eat or drink” (Equiano 21). Further along in Equiano’s narrative he wrote about another instance of physical abuse in chapter five, he said he saw a black man who was “beaten til some of his bones were broken” (Equiano 46) just for letting a pot boil over. Today treatment like this would be deemed completely illegal, unethical, and unacceptable and yet this is only a handful of examples from his text that prove this to be an anti-slavery
A clear example of this is Olaudah Equiano, whose narrative has been published and is now well-known by many. His biography made a great impact in society and contributed to the banning of slave trade. Olaudah Equiano was only eleven years old when he and his sister were kidnapped from their home and sold to slave traders. Before being shipped to an unknown destination, they were held up in forts or most commonly know as “Slave Castles”. Afterwards, the circumstances in which they were transported were atrocious and nefarious.
Olaudah Equiano begins his journal entry by describing the ocean and the slave ship, which were the first things he saw when he was taken onto the slave ship. He was fascinated by them, but he soon realized that it was going to be a horrific journey. Equiano’s first thought was that they were going to kill him, for they had a different skin tone, bore long hair, and spoke a different language. The crew beat Olaudah when he refused to eat. The conditions under the deck where Equiano lived were dreadful: people were packed together so tightly that they were fighting for breathing room.