Life of a Slave Slaves in the pre-Civil War time, their lives wasn 't theirs. A slave’s life was hard and they barely had any fun. They had numerous things to be afraid of and the Southern states had a barely enough reason that most likely wouldn 't fly by in this generation to justify that slavery was a right thing to do. A slave always had to work that they had to do. So their lives was very harsh and rough.
According to Barrette (1833) throughout the history of the British West Indies colonies, no other era had so many changes as post-emancipation decades. Within a period of a few years the entire economic system of these colonies was turned upside down. Post-emancipation led to problems in the sugar industry as the planters refuses to meet working conditions demanded by the ex-slaved persons. This resulted in the ex-slaves turning their backs on the plantation which they associated with slavery and cruelty which led to the planters could not find enough labourers to work the land and consequently had to cut production. This resulted in the loss of profit that forced them to sell sections of the land at inexpensive prices to the creoles who would
Lukas Clark 2-15-17 U.S Slavery The Underground Railroad The Underground Railroad Slavery was a terrible thing in the eighteen hundreds. So many people were under the control of others. African Americans fending for their lives and the lives of their families.Slaves being bought by whites and used to do their work. Slaves being killed every day. It was a sad time but there was some light in it.
These African American slave workers at the time of 1865 were displaced from their current jobs and quickly became unemployed. Many of the wealthy southern landowners could not afford to pay their slaves a living wage (Williams 21). This caused an influx of African Americans to migrate to the north to seek employment and shelter (Williams 25). However, due to industrial revolution and arguably discrimination many of these African American were unable to find proper shelters and jobs to support their families. Many of such African Americans started to live on the streets and created “ghettos” which are still present today in parts of northern America like Harlem, Brooklyn, and Chicago (Williams 28).
Instead, of houses and rest hours a slave’s day consisted of their work, then their own personal chores,and finally sleep. A slave’s life consisted of the unfair treatments from owners. Fear controlled most slaves which kept them from breaking out in riots or running away. Unless a slave had a good owner to give them better
Douglass encountered multiple harsh realities of being enslaved. For example, the ex-slave was practically starved to death by his masters on multiple occasions. In fact, “[He was] allowed less than a half of a bushel of corn-meal per week, and very little else...It was not enough for [him] to subsist upon...A great many times [he had] been nearly perishing with hunger” (pg 31). Douglass managed to overcome the maltreatment of his wretched slave owners through the eventual attainment of freedom. The injustice imposed upon the African-American slaves by their owners was the crux of Douglass’s motivation to escape this inhumane life.
Many problems occurred when the settlers were first in Jamestown, they suffered from famine and disease. The settlers also skirmished with local Native American tribes in the first few years, all of these problems almost brought Jamestown to the brink of failure. The failure was caused by the lack of survival skills that the colonists had, also the lack of sanitation which caused them disease and that they used brackish water to drink, this was caused by the high
Of these over 835,000 black farmers and laborers faced particularly difficult times in the rural South” (“Black Americans 1929-1941”). Blacks made up more than half of the farming population. Without them the production of products would have a significant decline. “Often they were denied public works employment supposedly available to all needy citizens. Individuals were even threatened at relief centers when applying for work” (“Black Americans 1929-1941”).
Especially in the south, were many plantation owners lost their workforce. They would now either be forced to pay their laborers or sell their farms, neither of which they were partial to. Out of this came sharecropping, where landowners gave laborers a house, and land, in exchange for a share of their crops. However this system had many issues, the laborers were almost always African Americans with no savings to buy tools, which they would need to buy from the landowners, putting them in debt, and making it difficult for them to become independent. Another result of the end of the war was the Depression of 1873, which raised the unemployment rate to 15% and created greater tensions among the working class in the United States.
Consequently, many Native Americans began to negatively view Europeans and many would view them as inferior. Another way the Europeans impacted the Native Americans was by forcing them into slavery. The Spanish would practically enslave Native Americans through various systems, such as the encomienda, repartimiento, and mita. Usually, the Native Americans could not handle the arduous workload and many would die as a result. Conquest and forced labor caused the native population to significantly decline.
On the contrary, most of my indentured servants have died out due to malaria bearing mosquitoes infesting our humid rice paddies during the scorching summer. However, I have turned to Africans who have somehow managed to build immunity to yellow fever and malaria. Several plantation owners like me have needed around 65 slaves to do the strenuous work, therefore, the Africans appear to be outnumbering us in terms of population. In addition, tensions have sizzled amongst the slaves and the plantation owners through the force and control which is necessary due to their recent behavior from arson and violence. The worst of all mischief occurred during the Stono Rebellion.
But even with the North beginning to want to change things, slaves were still not treated like human beings most of the time. Most were left unfed and if they disobeyed orders they were whipped and cruelly beaten. However, the most of the South didn 't see slavery as inhumane. To them slavery was needed, slaves were needed to help farm, as well as make profit for their owners. Slavery was seen as a source of