When the Feudal System was brought into Europe in the Middle Ages by William the Conqueror, it greatly impacted on the peasants’ lives. The peasants had to live a hard life during the Middle Ages working out on the fields. The peasants lived a short life with the average life expectancy being around thirty-five years old for men and twenty-five years old for women. There weren’t many positives for the peasants regarding the Feudal System, but some of them were that they got rewarded fiefs in return for working free labour. The peasants provided food for their family and the community which they grew in return for the supplies needed to live a healthy life.
If Grant had stayed focused on Reconstruction then it probably still could have worked, but it is still the south's fault for ending reconstruction. If the KKK hadn’t been terrorising the North, and Blacks then Grants attention never would have gone away from Reconstruction. Another reason why it could have been the North's fault is because there was racism in the North too (Doc. D para. 1)), but the racism wasn’t as bad as in the South.
At the time of the Civil War, land was destroyed in the south due to the war being fought in the area. So, there came the Reconstruction era were the government worked on getting the land back to a working economy. Land was hard to come by in the south around this time, so the newly freed people were left without land to live off of. To provide for themselves, many had to work as laborers on white-owned land to earn a living. In a sense they were basically already doing this, tending to the farm land when they were slaves, though now they are actually collecting an earning for their hard work.
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery as the son of a white slave master father and a black slave mother in Maryland in 1818. He escaped from slavery in 1838 because of his literacy. It was only due to his ability to read, write, and think critically that Frederick Douglass was able to find his way form enslavement to freedom. Life before learning how to read and write for Douglass was bad because he wasn’t given enough to eat. “I was seldom whipped by my old master, and suffered little from anything else than hunger and cold” (Douglass 8).
Although many attempts were made to prioritize freedom and equality for all, these values were undermined by racist Southerners who wouldn’t accept equality. In the end, Reconstruction had failed and former slaves endured another hardship akin to slavery. However, Reconstruction still could have prospered. There are multiple events that, if they had occurred, Reconstruction would not have failed. For example, had the government continued to fund the Freedmen’s Bureau, then the South would have legislated their discriminatory laws much later, if not at all.
The plantation slaves lived in small shakes that had a dirt floor and little to no furniture. If there was a cruel overseer, otherwise known as a supervisor, on a large plantation, Africans would be treated like they worked on a small farm that didn’t grow enough crops for them to eat. Overseers were paid to get as much work as they could get out of the Africans, they would do whatever means they had to. If slaves complained to the slaveholder about being treated unfairly,
Slaves were enslaved for life and were sold or traded as property, not as an individual. Slaves usually worked in the fields all day and some worked in the house of the owner of the farm or plantation. “Each worker could raise about three acres of tobacco, but it was expensive to buy or lease a slave. The farmer had to balance the cost of an extra worker against the profit he would gain from planting more acres of tobacco. Small planters usually had fewer than five slaves, including children” (“What Was the Role of Children on an 18th-century Virginia Farm?”).
The setting is somewhere in the south. The Snopes family seems to be a poor family. Culturally, Faulkner represented the great divide between the upper class and the lower class. The Snopes’ father was a tenant farmer, which at the time was a popular way for the families struggling to rebuild their lives after the war to make money. It was one of the many different strategies used in the south to return it to its previous state.
The contractor was explained he would pay them by working in a tomato farm instead of working construction. Antonia’s life was strictly controlled by Abel Cuello, a labor contractor. The only chance Antonia and other slaves were able to grasp food and toiletries was when Abel took them on trips to a local grocery store. Antonia and the other men found a way to escape after four months of hard labor. While Abel was on guard outside the grocery store and dozed off, Antonia and a few other slaves executed toward the highway.
Slavery enters human history with civilization. Primitive farmers and hunter-gathers had no use for slaves as they collected and grew food for only themselves. The extra person would only mean another person that would need to be fed. As civilization developed and people moved to towns and cities, it allowed a surplus of food from large estates in the countryside. Citizens in the town developed a wide range of crafts as not everyone needed to be a farmer.
They thought that working hard on the plantation without any payment would not get them anywhere, so they ran away and stayed in small villages. Lastly, the economic causes of the French revolution were the high taxes for the middle class people during that time. The slaves worked day and night to earn money but because of the taxes that the nobles proposed, they could not pay for it. Therefore, there was a large economic strain on France which was not the case with Haiti since they were thriving due to free labour and surplus goods. Despite their differences, the French and Haitian revolutions are also similar because of St. Domingue which was the common link between France and Haiti.