Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself and Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl discusses how slavery dehumanizes and breaks down an individual to no worth. Douglass’ and Jacobs’ accounts are similar because they lecture against slavery with the work and obstacles they went through. Jacobs says, “For years, my master had done his utmost to pollute my mind with foul images, and to destroy the pure principles inculcated by my grandmother, and the good mistress of my childhood. The influences of slavery had the same effect on me that they had on other young girls; they had made me prematurely knowing, concerning the evil ways of the world.” (827) Jacobs explains that slavery has attempted to take a toll on her life with its physical, emotional, and mental abuse. Women in slavery were mistreated sexually as well, and in this case, Jacobs faced sexual oppression at a young age.
Since the Chattel slavery has to do with slaves becoming personal property, the way that people of color were kidnapped and treated, they were bought, sold and traded at their owner’s expense. This is what is known as Chattel Slavery and since the Atlantic Slave Trade was done in such a brutal manner due to the way the black people were taken from their homes and separated from their families forever. Chattel Slavery will always be known as a form of slavery that relates to all the types of brutalities that the black people were condemned to suffer for many years. Even though at the beginning the slavery, this type of system was something that was not correct and legal, many people went ahead and decided to start the Chattel Slavery trade, even if many people did not know about it. Unfortunately for many blacks who became slaves, they were traded as merchandise for goods.
Slavery was as much a part of life in the 1800’s as technology has become in today’s world. All the brutal beatings, mistreatment, and horrid conditions for the slaves was the norm in the past. Luckily, there were many significant historical reforms and changes made by the government to remove slavery in America. In, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, the reader is exposed to the slaves preception of slavery, through various anecdotes. Upon reading, one may ponder how slavery in America would be today, if it was never abolished.
Beloved Beloved represents the awful history behind slavery, and exposes the damaging effects it had on the individuals that witnessed it. The novel, set in the Post-Civil War in Ohio is that of a sad victory story. “124” the powerful place in which the ex-slaves express extreme emotions of what happened in the past. Kristin Boudreau states that “when Toni Morrison’s Beloved opens with a house “full of baby’s venom, it announces the prominent pain in the lives of these ex-slaves” (Boudreau, 447). African Americans had to regroup and put their slavery demons at bay, experiencing their own personal traumas.
Tituba is in her forties. Parris brought her with him from Bardados, where he spent some years as a merchant” (17). The Commercial slavery was the logical extension both of the need to acquire a cheap labor force for burgeoning planter economies, and of the desire to construct Europe’s cultures as ‘civilized’ in contrast to the native, the cannibal and the savage (Ashcroft et al., 1998). The slavery system not only consumed the black physically but also destroyed them spiritually. In The Crucible, Tituba, a black woman and slave, is suffering from loss of ambitious to return home under slavery.
Born around 1745, Equiano lived a relatively noble childhood in his village of Essaka until local raiders captured him and sold him, beginning his lifelong struggle against slavery. (Edwards 44) As his expeditions and experiences with his masters began to amass, his anti-slavery rhetoric developed as well. By the 1780’s, Equiano “had become deeply involved in the politics of the black people, championing their cause” by forging relationships with white abolitionists such as Granville Sharp and by advocating for the publicizing of atrocities inflicted on slaves (Mtubani 90). Equiano, because of his unfortunate upheaval into the throes of slavery as a child, quickly became much more than a historical individual; he became a pivotal champion for the rights of his people as freemen and as
Set in the 1840s before the Civil War, the novel takes place in the South, where slavery was supported and needed for the tobacco and cotton industries. During this time, a language barrier existed between the slaves and their owners. This is depicted in the novel by having the slaves talk in a different and strange way. By using slavery as a theme of his book, Twain appears to be criticizing slavery and the segregation that followed it. Slaves in those years were oppressed by their owners and suffered greatly, and this was viewed as a normal every day thing.
In Frederick Douglass’s “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,” Douglass explores his past as being a slave, telling how he overcame being enslaved and escaped to the north. Douglass was suspected to be born into slavery in 1818. He escaped to the north in 1838, prior to the breakout of the Civil War. When Douglass was free, he became a large role in the Abolition movement, and publicly spoke out against slavery. In his second autobiography, “My Bondage and My Freedom,” Douglass again discusses his life as a slave, but also his fight against slavery.
The most basic purpose of slavery is to rid oneself of work and force the hideous labour upon someone else. Since the time of our more primitive era, societies have taken slaves from war and conquest, and forced them to do their workaday tasks. As Robin Blackburn put it: 'The pace of capitalist advance in Britain was decisively advanced by its success in creating a regime of extended private accumulation battening upon the super-exploitation of slaves in the Americas'. A person with freedom may lose it. He may not be confident of always having it.
Whenever there is an oppressed subject, there is an oppressor. In Harriet Jacob’s narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl she dictates that, “[he] was my master, I was compelled to live under the same roof with him -- where I saw a man forty years my senior daily violating the most sacred commandments”(Jacobs 8). In this reading, the negative diction ‘violating’ and ‘compelled’ display the true horror that she went through and that she did have an oppressor. The tone of this sentence is absolute pain, demonstrating how destroyed she is. If freedom is achieved alone, the oppressor is still counted and therefore becomes multiple people.