The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Three miserable days in this sleek turd we call a car. My parents were playing their favorite records from like the 20’s! They were so boring, but luckily for me, the sound of the car lulled me back to a place of rest. When I woke, I looked up out the window to see a crystal, clear, blue sky.
Slavery the ownership and exploitation of one person by another is one of the oldest social relationships in human history. According to James Illingworth, “Slave labor was the basis for the wealth and prestige of ancient Greece and Rome. But the form of slavery that emerged in Europe’s American colonies was very different from the slavery of antiquity. New World slavery emerged as part of the developing capitalist world economy.” This was designed to produce raw materials and staple crops such as cotton, sugar, and tobacco for export back to the markets of Europe.
Let’s imagine that Napoleon didn’t have a need for the allotted money for the French war efforts so he decided not sell the Louisiana Territory or the Louisiana Purchase to the United States. The history of the United States would have been very different if we didn’t obtain the purchase of the Louisiana territory from the French specifically Napoleon because it would have changed the activities and regions in the United States a great deal. If this didn’t happen to begin with, The United States wouldn’t have a been a region ranging from coast to coast. This meaning that the United States would have not been doubled the size that it was previously.
The issue of slavery began when a Dutch ship appeared carrying about 20 Africans. The Captain of the ship sets sail after exchanging the africans with food. In the beginning, nothing was clear if those africans were considered as slaves or indentured servants because some collected old records did not precise the martial status of those Africans (Mr., Mrs. etc…). And also there was no year linked with their names unlike the white servants. Probably, there were some Africans who were considered as slaves and some who were servants.
Before the civil war African Americans were enslaved forced to work on plantations. They were treated harshly, and faced many different hardships. This would change after the civil war, because they were granted their freedom. They were no longer forced to work on plantations, but that does not mean they were treated any better. After the civil war African Americans were still treated poorly and faced persecution for many years.
The Slave Narratives, a total of four autobiography’s written by former slaves; Harriet Jacobs, Oldalf Equiano, Mary Prince and Fredrick Douglas, compiled by professor, historian and filmmaker, Henry Louis Gates Jr. These four authors were former slaves who wrote about their torment in slavery in order to display how slavery had a wretched evil and the poor treatment of African-American slaves with constant physical, mental and sexual abuse and lack of Civil Rights. Each story had some kind of white dominate horrific slave master who would abuse slaves constantly mentally, physically and sexually. The most wretched, and disgusting owner was Dr.Flint in, Incidents of a Slave Girl, written by Harriet Jacobs. Dr. Flint fits perfectly for
I have been going to church every Sunday I’ve been here, because they use the same punishment for skipping. These bloody copy cats use the exact same public embarrassment as we do. Another aspect that they copy about us is telling little children that if they didn’t go to church they would drown. They’re life is practically the same as ours. What is the point of starting a new life if it’s the same as your old one!
Introduction of laws granting whites and slave-owners the right to beat, whip, and kill bondsmen indicate that violence was the first that masters recognized as a means of controlling slaves. The Slave Code of South Carolina enacted in 1740 that slaves who “shall refuse to submit or undergo the examination of any white person, it shall be lawful for any such white person to pursue, apprehend, and moderately correct such slave; and if any such slave shall assault and stricke such white person, such slave may be lawfully killed.” Similarly, the Virginia “Acts concerning Servants and Slaves” enacted in 1705 that “if any slave resist his master, or owner, or other person, by his or her order, correcting such slave, and shall happen to be killed
Slaves believed seeking the North Star led to freedom. “No one knows how many slaves accomplished in reaching Canada or the North-the most common rough estimate is around one thousand per year” (Foner 418). Much of those who achieved to escape lived. Slaves who fled were usually from Virginia, Kentucky, and Maryland, which bordered on the free states. Most of fugitive slaves were young males.