This prompts Captain Delano to express that if such an incidence had happened upon his ship, “instant punishment would have followed”, reflecting his very strong belief that the slaves were inferior and it would be improper for them to behave in such a way (50). There are also many instances where Captain Delano notices weird behavior from the crew members towards him but ends up disregarding their actions. For instance, there is a “young Spanish sailor” who tries to get Captain Delano’s attention three separate times to warn him of the conditions of the ship (54). He keeps his “eye[s] fixed” on Captain Delano and moves in secretive ways through “shadows” suggesting he needs to talk to
Had the situationen been correctly handled from the beginning, a happier outcome might’ve been achieved. When it comes down to it: No, Ian should not have hurt Campbell. He was the adult; he should have acted like one. It is never okay to do what he did, even if Campbell was provoking him. But like in life, it’s never that black and white.
I also started jotting down the extremely inhumane punishment inflicted against the free Africans who messed around on the plantations there. I started realizing that free blacks in some ways were worse off than slaves, unfortunately. Since they had no master to look out for them, and no opportunities for work or to make a life. Master King and Captain Thomas Farmer took me as a sailor on several of their voyages, in which I distinguished myself from the rest of the slaves. One day Master King and Captain Farmer accused me once of planning an escape, which I had never planned to do but I had evidence of loyalty which destroyed their fears of me running away.
Europeans and Africans were close neighbors and allies, until the Europeans got lazy and greedy and jumped to the conclusion that if they to their loyal neighbors into slavery then all of their problems would be solved. In the mid- 15th century the Africans and Europeans broke their alliance as the Africans had been betrayed for money and labor. The Europeans got very greedy and sold their neighbors for a large amount of money, or used them for personal labor. During the middle passage the Africans were beaten and starved to death. The journey through the middle passage and the slave trade experience caused physical,emotional, and social pain among the captured Africans who were separated from family, treated with mounds of disrespect, and forced to make life changing delicious that could lead to brutal punishments.
Humiliation may have been deserved, as he humiliated his peers, ruined their fun, and treated them poorly on a regular basis. He did not deserve to be locked up and tricked to the extent that he was, he is rude and unkind but he is only human and most of his issues probably stem from a sense of insecurity at his lack of status and ability to get on with his peers. He has an inflated self worth but it seems as though it could be a façade. He deserves retribution for the way he treats the people around him but the trick played on him by the people he bothers is
“I had never seen among people such instances of brutal cruelty (Equaino 56).” Cruelty was not only shown towards blacks but also among whites. The British were people of such noble and high standards, but they were seeking to low levels by enslaving humans just as the rest of the world. The horrors that occurred during the middle passage are detailed as gruesome and appalling. Inhumanity was a major issue during the middle passage. Slaves were treated as property with little value.
The life of a slave is a life that one should be glad they do not have to live. The voyage to the New World was very cruel for the slaves. In the first passage it says, “they are carried like sheep to the slaughter, and that the Europeans are fond of their flesh.” This shows how awful the slaves were treated. As mentioned before, they were even stripped of all their clothing, and belongings if they had any. Most slaves were so exhausted from the beatings, that they did not even want to eat, but if this happened, the white men would force food into their mouths.
(1) In this reading I learned about Olaudah EquianoIn. Olaudah Equianoln is known for a book he published which was about his life as a slave. His book was consider to have had such an impact on american readers and was said that no other black man before Douglass had created such a moving book. In his book he speaks of things from his kidnapping to the violence and abuse he endured as a slave. In conclusion, Olaudah was a former slave who wrote a book about his life which was very sad, motivational and makes me tear up thinking about the physical and emotional pain he endeared.
During the Haitian Revolution through August 21, 1791, to January 1, 1804, slaves were imported from Africa and oppressed by the white, French population. The slaves were outraged at the mistreatment and decided to revolt against their masters. There were many causes that started the revolution, such as social, economic, and political inequality between the white French and everyone else. The revolution itself also had an important legacy that inspired hope for the future of those oppressed as well as more negatively, death and tragedy. The Haitian Revolution was caused by oppressive slavery and discrimination against all but the French elite and led to the death of French and Haitians alike, the French’s expulsion from the island, and the spread of hope and freedom to other oppressed people all over the world.
The letter read, “… I thank God for having so arranged our lives that our dear Armand will never know that his mother, who adores him, belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery” (Chopin 5). This huge reveal shows that Armand himself has African American ancestry! This truly had to of turned his world upside down. Everything he had believed in and thought about himself was a lie. Armand may be seen as hypocritical here because “ He has treated his slaves with violence and cruelty based on the color of their skin, and now he must face the fact that he is part African American himself” (“Irony in Desiree’s Baby”…1).
Slaves were suffocating breathing in harmful toxins. Through the journey Slaves were barely fed. The slave capturers would capture fish along the sea and eat them. Then they would give the slaves the straps, the little food and water they did provide was not enough to survive a few slave didn’t make it. Due to the fact of the horrible conditions slave were in some slaves would die and the slave capturers would just throw them over ship.
Slave owners had many punishments for slave it rarely depends how serious the crimes were. Some of the punishments were being shackled, being chained to the ground, being whipped, and being hung to die. Plantation owners often made the other slaves watch it because it will prevent them from slacking at work or trying to run away. All of this is related to Solomon during his 12 years of hardship work. The things that Northup did was disobeying a white man’s order and then putting his hands on him.
The question on how slaves were actually treated by re- revolutionary English colony masters brings some turmoil into play. Slavery gained importance in the English colonies when there was an increasing need for labor but unluckily for some slaves, certain masters were a bit gentler than others. When we first think about slavery, our reaction is always negative. And, although that is probably the best reaction to have overall, we have to realize not all slaves were treated poorly. Just like there is good and bad people in the world now, it was the same back then.
Slave owners were very afraid that if a slave gained too much knowledge, they would finally be wise enough to fight back. Such was true in many cases, one of them being the Demby dilemma mentioned in Chapter 4. Demby, a slave who disobeyed the commands of a cruel overseer by the name of Mr. Gore, was fatally shot in the head and killed for his defiance. When questioned by the plantation owner, the overseer’s explanation as to why he took such drastic measures was “…if one slave refused to be corrected, and escaped with his life, the other slaves would soon copy the example…” (Douglass 39). And so bought forth the true mentality of the white man during the time.
It’s the same as me saying I didn’t mean to harm a baby by dropping it on its head, but it happened regardless and I would have to face the consequences. Right after that Paxton declares he was always out to help people, not to frigging hurt them. Perhaps he was bitter that he was always helping people, and nobody would ever help him in return. Clearly Paxton had a lack of supportive entourage, and therefore he wanted to get their attention somehow. It is very possible that he had always been a good guy, but changed his ways because he never got the same treatment in return.