The Thirteenth through Fifteenth Amendments A Compromise Between Slave Tradition and the United States Mei Harter English Language Arts 8A Mrs. Finkell 15 February 2018 Do you know how many painful practices that slaves had, before the rise of the Thirteenth through the Fifteenth Amendments? In America’s history, the color of a man defined how he would live. This rule was treacherous for the slaves, who were mostly made up of the African American race. As a result, many slaves were ripped away from their families. They were forced to walk in chains; slaves were sold, starved, and left to die.
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.
The captains of the ship completely disregarded the rights of the slaves as they were treated as “black cattle” (James Irving, letter to Mary Irving 1786) and that the “kings and principal men bred Negroes for sale as [they] [did] cattle” (Alexander Falcolnbridge, An Account of the Slave Trade on the Coast of Africa 1790). This demonstrates the crude treatment the slaves encountered whilst on the ships as they were often compared to cattle. However, the African slaves were not the only people experiencing this treatment. The sailors and crew on the ship consistently faced hardships from the captains. Many fell ill to the diseases that were passed around by the slaves while still experiencing abuse from the captains themselves
It brought a feeling of pity and outrage onto whites, whose experiences had never fell close to those of slaves. On the contrary, southerners were deeply offended by how slavery was depicted in the book. “They feared that the novel could lead to slave rebellions.” (Reynolds 151) They even went as far as attempting to have it banned. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was an important event in history leading up to the Civil War. It lit a fire in the hearts of southerners and northerners, alike, one that could not be put
Many of the US’s morals are considered wrong and immoral to Bin Laden. Osama Bin Laden will always be known for his hate and disgust for the US and western civilization and it is known that he carried this hate with him until the day he
Dimmesdale was a devout Puritan, and because of how hard they were on themselves he believed that he can no longer live a life of happiness. His despair was inflicted upon him once he committed adultery with Hester Prynne and decided to keep it secret.“While thus suffering under bodily disease, and gnawed and tortured by some black trouble of the soul…”(Hawthorne 117). The pain came from deep within Dimmesdale, and he believed that one sin can destroy his whole life. Puritanism is now looked upon as one of the hardest religions because of their strictness in their ways of life. They truly believed that if they sinned they would be looked at as if they were scum in the eyes of the church, and this was exactly how Dimmesdale saw himself.
As it states above slaves were sent to slave-breakers and so this is one of the struggle they had to go through in their life is getting their souls broke down. One more slave named Harriet Tubman had physical pain when she disobeyed an overseer by not helping capture a runaway slave and got hit in the head with a two pound brick. This shows that many slaves had to deal with many pains and it shows that even disobeying a little command lead to struggle she would have physical pain with.
“All right, then, I’ll go to hell”(214). Huck says this after he rips apart a letter that he was going to send to Miss Watson about her slave Jim that he helped escape. Huck’s entire life consisted of friends and family owning slaves and there being nothing wrong with it. So as Huck joins Jim down the Mississippi it is a huge turning point in that time in history, it was frowned upon and unheard of. Huck struggles to come to terms with himself, it is almost as though he is disappointed that he did that.
She talks about how she was treated by Dr. Flint "But Dr. Flint swore he would kill me, if I was not as silent as the grave." Although in Jacobs narrative she was treated, in Douglass' his grandmother was whipped "The louder she screamed, the harder he whipped, and where the blood ran fastest, there he whipped the longest." He also talks about how bad women had it "He would whip her to make her scream, and whip her to make her hush; and not until overcome, would he cease to swing the blood-clooted cowskin." Then he talks about how slavery was like hell "It was the blood-stained gate, the entrance to the hell of slavery, through which I was about to pass." The counterclaim will talk about how Fredrick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs narrative talk about how how women had it worse than men did.
During the time Elie was there with his father, he began to lose his faith in god, his family, and humanity through all of the experiences he had to go through while being in the Nazi concentration camp. Eliezer begins to lose faith in god. He starts to struggle a lot, physically and mentally, and he feels like god is punishing him. Elie tried very hard to help his father and also himself and he even asked god to take him out of his misery. He becomes very confused because he doesn’t understand why god would let such a thing happen and why the Germans are wanting to kill all of the jews.
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.
When these people were being treated in such malicious ways, they started to believe that God wasn’t really there for them. They felt as if He wasn 't there to protect them. Sometimes, they started to rebel against their own religion and turn to their worst enemies for faith. Throughout Elie’s memoir, Night, Elie shows that many people, including himself, lost faith during their stay at the concentration camps. Many other victims of the concentration camps lived to see such tragedies that they began to lose hope in God, as well as he did.
Let us begin with George, Celia’s understandably treacherous slave lover, and his unreasonable demands that set Celia’s case into motion. George’s actions are an example of the common frustration and desperation of slave men who had no control over the sexual abuse of their loved ones by white masters (McLaurin 139-140). His was a reaction to a smoldering attack upon his masculinity, an attack that was a direct result of the dehumanization upon which slavery rested. Because the South was a slave society, this master-slave relationship structure echoed throughout every other aspect of southern life (Faragher, 204 & 215). In Celia’s case, we see this truth through Virginia and Mary Newsom’s position of powerlessness.
The book of negroes written by Lawrence Hill is a fantastic book that tells the story of slavery through the eyes of a girl who later becomes a women name Aminata. Throughout the book, Aminata tells readers about the many downfalls and experiences she has been through when in slave by the white men. Some of the themes that relate to this book are Freedom, Determination, wisdom, love and family teaching, Hardship/brutality, and death. During the crucial years of slavery, colored people were forced to serve white people against their will. There are so many black people wanted to be free.The stories told in the book are examples of the injustice acts against blacks.