Starvation was a common form of resistance onboard the slave ships. Usually, if one slave refused to eat, others would follow. Slave captains punished those who refused to eat severely. Doctor Alexander Falconbridge recalls the ruthless methods of punishment: Upon the negroes refusing to take food, I have seen coals of fire, glowing hot, put on a shovel and placed so near their lips as to scorch and burn them. And this has been accompanied with threats of forcing them to swallow coals if they persisted in refusing to eat…I have also been credibly informed that a certain captain in the slave trade, poured melted lead on such of his negroes as he obstinately refused to eat.
(Document 3) This must have been terrifying to think that you had to step foot in foot with those around you or you would be killed without hesitation. Both of these examples result in visible marks or deathly punishments. In conclusion Africans dealt with many different forms of pain when they were acting on impulse. They suffered socially with humiliation as they were viewed as animals and objects. They suffered emotionally with pained thoughts about loved ones and worried images of their lives.
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
Some colonists died at Jamestown because of the poor relationships they had with the Natives. First, some colonists died because of Native American attacks. This is significant because the colonists sometimes treated the Natives horribly, causing the Natives to fight back. Also, the Native Americans were forced to trade with the colonists. Because of this, the Natives retaliated and attacked the colonists.
Another way slave owners dehumanized slaves was through physical acts of aggression. For example, Douglass’ aunt was brutally punished multiple times. Captain Anthony dehumanized Aunt Hester by whipping her mercilessly. 5. After the fight with Covey, Douglass felt like a man.
This quote showed how they don’t care about Jim and how they just care about the money. Another quote “While slaveholders profit from slavery, the slaves themselves are oppressed, exploited, and physically and mentally abused. Jim is inhumanely ripped away from his wife and children. However, white slaveholders rationalize the oppression, exploitation, and abuse of black slaves by ridiculously assuring themselves of a racist stereotype, that black people are mentally inferior to white people, more animal than human.” (LitCharts). This explains how Jim was abused and what happened to the slaves during slavery.
Even worst, Marlow frequently saw the Africans were being beaten by the European when the carrying packages fall to the ground (Enas Subhi, 2010). Here, the description of Marlow towards the Europe attitudes when they enslaved the natives brutally displays that the situation was totally terrible. Marlow also illustrated the African situation at that time was a hard life and it indicates that Marlow was sympathy towards
It conveys in a superb way the horrid things that even a touch of deep rooted racism can do. It can wreck a life, but most often wrecks a series of lives. Every single character was effected in a negative way because of how Armand dealt with the realization that he may have married a women of a different ethnicity. The slaves, who had been treated much kinder when Armand was loving Desiree were treated horribly again, the Valmondes lost their baby and grandchild, and Armand suffered the biggest loss of all. He lost his innocence.
The country and the economy have collapsed as soon as Slavery was abolished in 1865. Many people have lost their lives during this history period and different events arouse. The country on the other hand has successfully reconstructed over the years even though it faced a tremendous situation due to the immeasurable debt and the violent war, riots and rebellions. Unfortunately, the Ku Klux Klan and the new types of discrimination have negatively impacted the country since many have been killed and tortured. Similarly, the migration patterns have led to the creation of a new race, the Afro Americans who in the end have aroused to power and still nowadays are fighting for their
Living conditions for slaves were dreadful, with long work hours and low wages. Slave masters separated families and sold off children from their parents, or vice versa. Slaves were prone to severe punishment for even trivial offenses. Whippings and beatings were prevalent. Running away allowed them to get away from all the hostility, if only for a while.
Both Mary and Equiano suffered greatly upon their being taken. They both endured mental, physical, and emotional distress at being torn from their families and friends. Equiano was only a child when he was taken from his village, away from everything and everyone he had ever known, so the natural fear of parental separation would be terrifying in itself. Many years later, as he was being shipped overseas, he witnessed the cruel and inhumane treatment of innocent people. In describing the living conditions of the slave ship, Equiano states, “The shrieks of the women, and the groans of the dying, rendered the whole a scene of horror almost inconceivable” (Equiano 1279).
Slaves were introduced to unknown diseases and suffered from malnutrition long before they reached their destination. Many of the Africans preferred death over slavery. As Olaudah Equiano mentions, some men that were traveling with him jumped to the ocean to reach death, but did not succeed. The death of the Africans meant economic loss for the traders, so maintaining them alive before selling them, was a rough
Once at Bosque Redondo, the Native Americans were put into filthy, disease-ridden camps and left to die. Near the time the decision was over turned, one-third of the Native Americas were dead. But then again massacres were routine and often went unpunished
Unfortunately, some of the children were rounded up and secretly sterilized, some were subject to terrible medical experiments, and some simply mysteriously “disappeared.” The mixed race also had a lot of trouble with finding jobs and were even turned down when attempting to join their military. Not only were children victimized in Germany but adult African Germans were also treated horribly. Many were sent to internment camps and some were even murdered by the SS. Afro-Germans are not very known of, but they were a big part of the horrible actions Hitler took to please himself (Blacks during the Holocaust). Before Hitler built his nefarious camps, he started off by murdering Germany’s mentally and physically disabled.
The era of slavery in America is a very sad and mournful period of time. The hate, animosity, torture, and the treating of slaves as if they were not even human, all separated the people of America. Far worse than the physical scars left, are the emotional scars that still to this day affect the citizens of this great nation. Although slavery has now been abolished, todays people still look back at the acts that took place many years, and mourn. Many people focus on the gruesome physical pain that slaves had to endure.