By using a simple yet a formal English language, Harper manages to convey the reality of how slaves were treated brutally and tortured continuously on a daily basis and how she hopes that slavery would vanish and never return. However, we can perceive from the beginning of the poem what the theme is about. Prior to the Civil War which begun in 1861, there were almost four million black slaves located in America. Slaves would work for free in terrible living situations; they were put together in one place to sleep, usually in wooden shacks. They were given only two sets of clothing to wear for an entire year.
When looking at the paranoia that spread after the murders I think the biggest takeaway is to understand that no one looked at the slaves the same. Whether this was beneficial or detrimental to the goal of freedom, it’s still a component worth exploring. When doing research, something that surprised me was the fact that some Southerners thought the rebellion was orchestrated by famous Northern abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison and David Walker. I do believe this blame being put only pushed the divide between the North and South even
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.
However the irony remained that despite having families, the threat of violence, sexual abuse and separation from their loved ones were constantly faced by the slaves from their masters. Excerpts from Uncle Tom’s Cabin A fictional novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin , depicted the real tales of former and fugitive enslaved people whom she met in Cincinnati, Ohio. The novel changed the perception of Americans of slavery which was practiced in the nation. This book demanded the country to keep to its word of delivering freedom and equality to all becoming a tipping point for the abolition of slavery and a source of contribution to the American Civil War. The book
“If abolitionists did not cause the Civil War, they shaped its meaning.” (4) It was indeed a war of two distinct societies since the country was fragmented into two: the abolitionists versus slave owners. Perhaps it was the greater calling for justice that many in the North wanted to fight, if not for the glory of war itself. Although this maybe the case for many white Americans, it can be said with some level of assurance that African Americans were not fighting because they wanted their names in history books, but because they shared a kinship and a bond wrought by common suffering with their brethren in the South. The war, however, infused the masses with a deep sense of patriotism that the abolitionist movement at times lacked ("Recruits rushed to enlist, expecting a short, glorious war." page
Frederick Douglass wrote his narrative as a freeman, therefore, he is able to reflect on his life as a slave and decode the cryptic artifice of his former slave owners. Douglass lived a harsh life in the south before he made his valiant escape to the north, in order to evade further physical and mental torture. Therefore, Douglass is able to understand what it is like to be an invisible entity with a lack of identity, on physical earth. Metaphors are like string that Douglass uses to weave together a cohesive argument to support the eradication of slavery. As Douglass reminisces on his life he states that he “was made to drink the bitterest dregs of slavery...” (Douglass) Slavery, in this instance, is taken out of its literal context and liquefied in order to emphasize that it was hard for Douglass to swallow and digest the painful sorrow that it caused thousands of African Americans.
From this, derives a bond with the reader that pushes their understanding of the evil nature of slavery that society deemed appropriate therefore enhancing their understanding of history. While only glossed over in most classroom settings of the twenty-first century, students often neglect the sad but true reality that the backbone of slavery, was the dehumanization of an entire race of people. To create a group of individuals known for their extreme oppression derived from slavery, required plantation owner’s of the South to constantly embedded certain values into the lives of their slaves. To talk back means to be whipped. To fail to do work to a respectable level means to be sold to another plantation and ripped away from one’s family.
It denounces the unacceptable attitude of the King and the British nobility towards slavery. Through his writings, and despite being a slaveholder himself, Jefferson severely condemned the enslavement of African Americans in Northern States (but he would paradoxically allow it in the Southern States). Upon reading the excerpt above, the Congress decided to remove it from the Declaration. Why? Many landowners still used slavery for the cheap and quick labor it provided.
The idea of them being an unfit race who was in need of probation and instruction seemed to more closely relate to white Klansmen of the South. Their actions spoke louder than words and it seemed as though they were begging to be put in their place. African Americans were not to be punished, if anything it was the white men. They enslaved African Americans, beat, and battered them for years yet when they finally get their freedom it’s as though life will never continue to flourish. The South proved that they needed probation that was never forced upon them.
However, they hardly know how each slave felt going through the phase of slavery. Both parts should read the memoir because it presents a story that unravels the bitter truth and the sweet sensation of life in the eyes of this young man. Pro-slavery Americans should be ashamed, and Abolitionists should expand their knowledge based on the history of