Print. David Gaspar and Darlene Hine evaluate similarities and contrasts in the role of gender in different slave societies. Together, they create a novel on the topics of contrasts such as, Africa and the Americas, life and labor, and slavery, resistance, and freedom. What harsh conditions did these poor women go through? This book explains an African American woman’s life from experiencing slavery first-hand, to, at last, freedom.
Slave history and its socio-cultural apparatus remained unrecognized owing to the white man’s burden. Most slaves could not share their cultures and histories as they were extremely forbidden from worldly communication. Consequently, their narrative also showed a frantic struggle to maintain their identity and humanity in a system that had denied both. Certainly, the early black literary voices had been time-honored in institutionalized slavery and were in verbal forms. These slave narratives were obvious expressions from marginalized slave-areas subjugated by the white’s hegemony.
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.
A final reference in explaining how Abina’s story represents the lives of female slaves living in the Gold coast is through examining the conversation the between James Hutton Brew and Quamina Eddoo. As the two men discuss strategies for exoneration, James Hutton Brew outlines the faults in British law and in British perception of African culture and how those factors could be used in their favor (32). James Hutton Brew also goes on to say that “there are two basic strategies to beating and accusation of slavery. First convince them that the salve is an apprentice. Or second convince them that the girl was purchased as a wife” (32).
2016 Zora Neale Hurston 's research trips carried her throughout the United States, but her interest in the African diaspora extended beyond American shores. Hurston spent time in Jamaica and Haiti learning about rituals and customs that would enrich her own writing and enhance her perspective on culture, particularly concerning folk customs. While in Haiti, Hurston wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God, but the point of the trips was to research culture there. Most notably, her time in the Caribbean resulted in Tell My Horse, a text about voodoo and zombies in Haiti. Hurston received funding from the Guggenheim Foundation for her research trip to the Caribbean in 1936, and she subsequently left for her research in Haiti and Jamaica.
The reader can express from the novel that Phillis Wheatley was a lucky slave that her slavery gave her life a big turnaround. Phillis Wheatley gain the title of being the first African American that became a poet, she was kidnapped at the short age of seven to be sold to a wealthy family in the Boston slave auction in 1761 and later was brought to America. Phillis had the chance to receive an education due to Susannah Wheatley, Phillis was taught to read and write as well as being able to know the Bible. She was a smart child that took advantage of her slavery and took advantage of every opportunity she had to write about freedom, slavery and religion through her writings in poetry. For her it was the voice of expression she had of being able
Douglass’s descriptions of the slave trade were extremely vivid, from the details of how American’s viewed slaves, to the sounds of whips cracking and how a woman was encumbered by the weight of the child she carried and the chains that she wore. These details would bring readers to know what it was like to be in a slaves shoes at that time. His speech is driven by first had accounts of the degradations of slavery and would not be credible if it wasn’t for this fact. I believe that Douglass’s tone throughout the speech was hopeful, he enforced the cause of the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society with the hopes of making the United States more complete when slavery ended. If Douglass operated off the thesis: “America is false to the past, false to
Hannah Tay Yee Ern Mrs. McNeill 3A 5 November 2014 Psychological Impacts of Slavery As Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897), an African-American writer who escaped from slavery, once said: “When they told me my new-born babe was a girl, my heart was heavier than it had ever been before. Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women.” Indeed, slavery was an obstacle to emancipation. It left both physical and emotional scars on those who were enslaved. They were shackled to the past - the unforgettable past. In the historical fiction novel Beloved, written by Toni Morrison, the lives of female and male slaves were explicitly described.
In the case of bondwomen they lived through two-fold submission. Despite of being owned by white men as slaves they were also subject to the sexual claims of white masters. Added to the hardships that derived from their condition as slaves, which their male counterparts also endured, they had to suffer the consequences of being slave women, which involved experiences that were specific to their own kind. Jacobs going through the bitter spell of slavery delivers a baby girl. It is interesting to quote her when she knew that her baby was a girl.
Mr. _ admits that the only reason he abuses her is because she is a woman. Also The gender base oppression of women emerges as a powerful thing of the novel as the powerless women are being suppressed by equally powerless men. The device men use to control women is rape such is Celie's case she is strongly with the team of a black missionary and has an opportunity to understand the African culture and her own people. Alice Walker use many theme and motifs in the Color
By comparing his experience to the adult slaves who also worked in the fields, he pointed out slaves did not enjoy much privilege no matter they are children, adults and elder. They did the labor work all season, but received limited supplies and necessities; they lived under an extremely poor condition place, each covered a miserable blanket and sleep on the cold, dump flood in all season (Douglass, Chp 2). Slave children only had a long linen shirt all season and could not get enough to eat (Chp. 5). Adult slaves and the blood-related slave children of their masters were bought or sold by their masters.
In the picture I chose titled “Blake1” it is an African female that is being branded on her back in the 19th century. The picture portrays three white males, one of which is a boy. The other five are African Americans, one of which is an infant. I find it hard to believe the pain they would inflict on individuals to make sure they could keep track of their slaves. I went back to the textbook to read what the motive was behind branding the slaves.
In the book it is said that after Chambers’ true identity is revealed, “He could neither read nor write… his manners were the manners of a slave”(Twain 166). As Chambers was growing up, he was neither offered, nor sought an education, or to learn proper manners. Even after he, and the rest of society learns who he truly is he is unable to overcome the damage done to him over the course of his life. This shows how the racial stigma of the time not only prevented blacks from seeking their own freedom, but prevented them from having the knowledge to interface with the society they had to change.“The poor fellow could not endure the terrors of the white man 's parlor”(Twain 166) writes Twain. As he has never been well educated, never learned what were considered proper manners, and has been brought up as a slave, he cannot “kick” the feeling that he belongs where blacks are thought by him to belong, the kitchen.
During Fredrick Douglas 's time of being slave he was cut off from any education and freedom. Though he wasn 't aloud to get and education because Douglas 's owner said he would be fit for slavery if he was educated the owners wife taught Douglass how to read and write for a short time. Despite the miner setback Douglass continued to read and write behind Aulds back. Douglass had one book titled “The Columbian Orator”
Feminist Harriet Jacobs was a slave in the antebellum period who became the first women to author a slave narrative in the United States. Like many slaves during this time, experienced sexual exploitation from their owners. They were considered nothing more than chattel. Being exposed to these conditions women could not live virtuous lives. How could the beating of any human being be of God?