Hidden. Human life. Powerful as they are, these words describe slavery in the past, as well as slavery in our modern world. Learning from our past history, how can slavery still go on today? Today, slavery takes many forms, but the slaves are treated poorly, yearn for awareness, and seek help.
Societies have experienced different degrees of it, with different practices and different outlooks, even though the basic characteristic was the same. Slavery in Africa and in Latin America was distinct, despite being connected through the Atlantic slave trade.While traditional African slavery was practiced largely by communities to help produce food or for prestige, slave labor in Latin America was practiced on a much larger scale, for it was central to the colonies’
In “Let at America be America Again”, also by Langston Hughes, there are the poor white, and the slave blacks, and the immigrants as well. They were taken advantage of simply because they were not famous nor white, therefor they had no access to the American dream. The citizens without high social status must work hard in order to survive and live a decent life. They must work long hours at a job that may not have been their dream. They must service the rich in order to keep those same jobs that they have because their American dream never came true.
Some slaves were scared of leaving slavery because that was all they knew. Slaves if they escaped would have troubles finding jobs and a safe place for their family. In like manner, all slaves wanted was to be able to have their own job that they could be paid for and their own house just like any other American citizen. “The Underground Railroad was established to aid enslaved people in their escape to freedom” (Hudson 1). Slaves had no other option than to try to run away from their plantation and hopefully run into someone working for the Underground Railroad to assist them in their escape.
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. Moreover, their health seriously threatened due to overwork but not enough nutrition. Therefore, African Americans slaves resisted the institution of slavery in the Antebellum in many ways such as running away, sabotaging the system
The question, “What is an American?”, can be defined differently by different people. What makes up an American can be looked at in different ways. However, an American in my opinion comes from textual evidence, defined through many different readings, such as the “Letters from Columbus”, the story of “Olaudah Equiano”, and from “Of Plymouth Plantation”. As it is defined, Americans come from slavery, but at the same time, they also come from freedom. With points from Equiano and Columbus, and also William Bradford, a Puritan, as well as with the constant changes between exploitative colonialism, violence, and the strive for freedom, America is based around both forms of Slavery and the determination for Freedom.
This impacted the slave communities culture by changing their cultural constructs. "Africans and Indians fought with each other, claimed to be each other, and allied together for common goals" (Document 9) This document proves that trans-Atlantic slave trade inflicted a new culture upon African slaves, also know as the maroon community. The maroon community was made up of ex-slaves or runaways. By being apart of this community, it gave them a new outlook on them being away from their previous home. Although it was not an ideal situation to be in, it was much better than being a plantation slave.
They got mistreated for the work that they gave, and deserved a better life. Children and family often got sold away from each other. Slave owners sold their slaves away to other people to make money off of them. Some slaves tried to escape but got caught and got punished for it. Some slaves managed to escape and often came back to free other family members, so that they weren’t further
Slavery was a terrible experience for both men and women, as people had to work hard not being paid for this job, they were considered somebody’s property being unable to own something having nor money neither opportunity to buy something or act on their own. Slaves wanted to gain freedom, and this was the only true dream uniting all people working in the South, and freedom was mostly associated with the North forcing slaves to escape slavery and move there. In her book the author touched many serious and important problems, such as sexual exploitation and oppression of women, racial issues while showing the life of slaves in the South and sharing her personal experiences with the readers. The role of the family was also fully presented in
The beginning of slavery is because the demanding of labor in United States. When they were first brought here, they were called indenture servant and serving for the white landlords in the South. And time passed, the South became more and more greedy. Then the transfer of slaves expanded larger and larger. As the result, slavery was existed.