Beginning in the 15th century, the slave trade was a dehumanizing and absolutely immoral system that was founded on racism and greed. Human beings were traded, shipped, and sold like inanimate objects with the sole intention of gleaning the highest profits for traders. Because of their race, the africans that were captured and traded were looked at as less than human, and the slave trade allowed racism to continue for years after it was first started. The transatlantic slave trade was the introduction of institutionalized racism towards African Americans in the western hemisphere, and through every stage of the process, Africans were mentally and physically abused. The slave trade first began in 1442 when the captains of a portuguese ship
To be more precise, during the scene at the slave market (part 3), slaves could almost be described as mechanized; in other words, they are completely dehumanized. The first seen describes Freeman exhibiting his slaves for buyers as if they were simple objects in an antique shop. He does not respect them as human beings: “Freeman damned her, calling her a blubbering, bawling wench, and ordered her to get to her place, and behave herself.” This quote is one of the many examples throughout the whole book of how slave are treated and beaten up of they do not “behave.” Violence is a repeated theme used to describe the different personalities of the traders. Traders use severe violence, both verbally and physically, to make the slaves “obey” (like animals): “He caught her by the arm and pulled her rudely” or “then, with a volley of great oaths, he struck a heartless blow, that she staggered backward, and was like to fall.” Slaves are treated as poorly as animals, sometimes worse so that traders would obtain higher prices on their ‘prizes’: “The little fellow was made to jump, and run across the floor, and perform many other feats, exhibiting his activity and condition.” That is the reason why Freeman would not sell Emily because he will be able to sell her at a higher price when she becomes of age to be sold as a prostitute: “There were heaps and
Douglass had seen the overseer tie up the hands of men and women and lashed them for hours until their backs were covered in nothing but blood. Douglass, Frederick. “My Slave Experience in Maryland .” (1845) Frederick Douglass, "My Slave Experience in Maryland" | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed, www.blackpast.org/1845-frederick-douglass-my-slave-experience-maryland. Thesis Statement: In South Carolina, it was common for masters to own slaves, abuse them, give them harsh living conditions, and strict rules to follow. In response to the unfair conditions, slaves had uprisings or even ran away.
The truth is that the Africans live in a poor state due to the effect of brutal colonial exploitation, involuntary slavery and cruel violence towards them. This is because, in order for the European to gain the profit, Europe had assigned them as the manual labors. Marlow stated that they were forced by the Europe to be “carriers” and do the hard works so that the Europe gain the richness of the lands. For example, the Africans carry the packages which weight around 40 to 70 pounds on their backs and face the hard path throughout the jungle (Enas Subhi, 2010). Even worst, Marlow frequently saw the Africans were being beaten by the European when the carrying packages fall to the ground (Enas Subhi, 2010).
It was clear throughout the narrative that there were specific perpetrators, victims, and bystanders within the slave system. Slaves were treated with the lowest of respect, and had no form of justice or rights. The slave system during the time that Frederic Douglass was a slave was corrupted, and he made that very clear within his narrative. In Douglass’ narrative we are shown how little rights the slaves
Slavery is wicked and gory and monstrous and that is well known today but during the time it was well known. In Frederick Douglass’s, Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass tries to persuade everyone to stop the madness and recognize how awful slavery is; to do this he uses comparison and realization leading to the reader being blown away by this one slave’s life story. The goal of Douglass’s writing makes the reader see slavery in a different light. This is why Douglass’s writing is such a heavy read. To get his point across he talks about how monstrous his whole life is, starting for the very beginning when “... the child has reached its twelfth month, its mother is taken from it” (Douglass 1.4) Douglass had to go through
Most of their work could have killed them too. But they had no other choice as they were forced to become slaves and had no other option. “It was a unique horror and crime against humanity. It involved treating Africans as objects, utterly dehumanizing them” (revealinghistories.org). Man is also alone in the distinction that they are the only one that is cruel out of all the animals.
It carved it’s violent, delusional and shameful success into the fabric of our nation. It made America a world player economically with the dominance of cotton production. Slavery made political leaders of the worst instigators of the terrible practice and would eventually lead to the bloodiest war in our history. The phantom of slavery hung like a cloud of life in the South and existed as a necessary evil at best and a way of life to others. But nothing can be described as more tragic than those who lived it, wasting years of precious life in the cruel and twistedly justified ownership of another human being.
#4: Slavery, An Unjust Institution Having no other purpose other than entitlement to the cruel injustices, slavery proved to be a ruinous institution that tore thousands upon thousands of families apart. Or rather simply, “years have rolled on, and tens of thousands have been borne on streams of blood and tears, to the shores of eternity” (2156). Abolitionist writers such as David Walker and Henry Highland Garnet worked to defeat this corrupt institution, both through their own means of writing. While the writers may have had different methods of persuasion to goad the general slave public, they both aligned with very similar ideas concerning the hypocrisy and injustices of slavery as a whole. A most compelling evidence of the crimes committed
When we think blacks back in the day, we think slavery. These people were terribly mistreated and had been under generations of assault. African-Americans were often arrested, murdered and faced much cruelty what they understood to be called as racism. All they could ever think of was surviving and self-defense. The blacks also stated that the constitution was disobeyed since constitutional rights towards them were broken.
1B) The message conveyed by the source is Alexander the second and Abraham Lincoln are alike in many ways. They were both leaders of powerful nations, and was considered radicals of their time. The both emancipated the underclass citizens (the slaves and the serfs), and the both emancipated them for similar reasons. Alexander like Abraham Lincoln emancipated the citizens at the bottom of the hierarchy because he was forced to. There was riots that couldn’t be contained, rapid debt build up, and the nation of the whole was barely standing.
Slaves were being sold for money for high amounts back in their day. Slaves were considered as property. "The law gives the master absolute power over the slave. He may work him, flog him, hire him out, sell him… In law a slave has no wife, no children, no country and no home. He can own nothing, acquire nothing, but what must belong to another.
In Frederick Douglass’s book he discussed a particular slave owner, Mr.Plummer. Mr.Plummer, a slave owner, allowed the power of slavery to rot his soul. Mr.Plummer was a cruel man, he would take pleasure in whipping slaves. “He would at times seem to take great pleasure