Since the Chattel slavery has to do with slaves becoming personal property, the way that people of color were kidnapped and treated, they were bought, sold and traded at their owner’s expense. This is what is known as Chattel Slavery and since the Atlantic Slave Trade was done in such a brutal manner due to the way the black people were taken from their homes and separated from their families forever. Chattel Slavery will always be known as a form of slavery that relates to all the types of brutalities that the black people were condemned to suffer for many years. Even though at the beginning the slavery, this type of system was something that was not correct and legal, many people went ahead and decided to start the Chattel Slavery trade, even if many people did not know about it. Unfortunately for many blacks who became slaves, they were traded as merchandise for goods.
In 1860, there were several million slaves in America. Most of them were African American. They were exploited labor through working about twelve to sixteen hours a day with low wages, even women and children were also exploited labor with lower wages than a normal slaves. The slaves were enslaved in plantation, factories, in the fields, farm, and others. With a strict management regime of the white slaveholders, the slaves had to live with shortages in all aspects such as food, clothing, housing, and illiteracy.
Slavery is that of being an slave. Also, that of being worked in harsh conditions and being held to work against their rights.Slavery went on for hundreds of years when it was finally abolished December 1865. Black Americans were sold back and forth throughout those hundreds of years. Slave owners were not satisfied with slavery been abolished. The slaves that got away had hard times but not like those that did not.
On page 37, the audience learns that Fredrick Douglas learned how to read, but his teachings quickly came to an end when Master Hugh said it would be too dangerous for a slave to know how to read and write. Fredrick’s desire to learn how to read and write did not cease and Master Hugh and his wife always kept a close eye on him and did not allow him to be a room alone for a long period of time. It also made his mistress very angry to see Fredrick with a newspaper. The institution of slavery can be very hostile considering the fact that Fredrick simply wanted to read and was scolded and reprimanded when wanting to. Also the white children has the privilege of reading and writing and Fredrick did not because he was a slave.
Slavery Slavery is embedded deep into the roots of the Cape. It was, because of slavery that we have such a diverse country, with many different cultures, beliefs and languages. Many people when asked about slavery say it is bad, terrible, sad, but not enough of them know enough about it as it is slowly dying away and becoming less and less of a memory. This essay deals with the who, what, when, why and how of slavery as well as the legacy that the slaves, our ancestors, left us. Colonialism the Cape is what brought slavery.
Many slaves lost everything when they were sold into slavery such as their family, their home, their name, and their freedom. Slaves were only allowed to do what their owners would let them do and we have come so much further from even one hundred years ago. “...the stubborn race gaps that remain, especially in opportunity, tarnishing the idea of the American dream.” (Rodrigue, Five Bleak Facts on Black Opportunity.) Even though our country has come far, there is still many segregation throughout the nation. This shows how much more work America still must do to have equal rights for all races.
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 either started working as a slave extremely young or they were taken from their homes in their teenage years (Boston). Slaves worked for about twelve hours a day and did not have a warm, comfortable bed to sleep in at night. Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist who escaped slavery himself said, “A city slave is almost a freeman, compared with a slave on the plantation” (Boston). A freeman is a person who is entitled to full political and civil rights. Slaves on a plantation had it harder than those who were slaves in the cities (Boston).
The economics of slavery is staggering. The conditions in which slaves had to live by were heartbreaking and left slaves with little choices. They suffered beatings; diseases, lack of food. There families were taken from them and sold at auctions. I believe the chance of freedom and being with your
Life Without Freedom The film 12 Years a Slave written by Solomon Northup shows the heartbreak, pain, and suffering during the many years of slavery. It shows how bad the slaves were treated. They were treated as if they were not people, and like they did not deserve a normal life like the white folk. The blacks were stripped from their homes, their families, and most of all, their rights as humans. Many blacks during this time period were born into slavery, and knew no other way of life than to be a slave.
Slave life was wretched. Majority of slaves were treated disrespectfully and were considered property rather than human beings. Plantation Slaves were given a minimal amount of clothing food, just enough to barely survive. Many slaves endured dreadful beatings from their masters daily. They were prohibited to receive an education and those who were brave enough to pursue one were severely punished.
Slaves had to endure long hours of labor in high quantities, the labor would be followed by cruel and heartless beatings, malicious harm, and vicious torture. They worked in all weather conditions from sunup to sundown every day. Many slave families lived in one crowded room, and were given corn or rice for food, they were also given one set of clothing to wear for years, and most did not have shoes. The stability of the slave family was often challenged due to the fact that no state law recognized marriage among slaves and masters had legal authority over slave children and the possibility of forced separation. Due to the poor living conditions, disease and death rates were high.
Female Slaves and Their Experiences For both African men and women, slavery was a devastating event. Many were taken away their families and were forced into labor. Both sexes were subjected to degradation; both physical and psychological, and were denied basic rights. Slaves were beaten and whipped, separated from their families and were viewed as property in the eyes of the law. However despite the similarities between the two sexes, there were many differences.