Living conditions for slaves were dreadful, with long work hours and low wages. Slave masters separated families and sold off children from their parents, or vice versa. Slaves were prone to severe punishment for even trivial offenses. Whippings and beatings were prevalent. Running away allowed them to get away from all the hostility, if only for a while.
These slave codes placed harsh restrictions on slaves, depriving them of their rights and turning them into properties. However, slavery has been abolished in the United States of America thanks to many abolitionists. Many slaves are now free men and women. Nothing can be done to repair the wrongs of slavery, for it will always remain in the past. Now, Americans need to look to the future where slavery does not exist, where black and whites are found equal, and where racist is not a factor.
Calhoun and Douglass both agree that freedom is a basic right, as stated in the constitution; unfortunately, a majority of blacks at this time are not able to acquire the basic right of freedom. Douglass is a prime example of how living as a slave means living without rights. Slave owners knew that the only way blacks could find out that they are not inferior to whites is if they read articles written by abolitionists and how the Constitution guaranteed American citizens basic rights. Denying slaves a basic education was one means that slave owners used in effort to control and to keep blacks enslaved. Whites were able to maintain their power by keeping their slaves as uneducated as possible.
As miserable as it is to be a slave in the South, being a black women worsens the condition. The role of a black women in both the Union and the Confederacy have always been portrayed and elaborated on the orthodox that black women are meant for manual labor, for being tools and for assisting men. However, black women in the South are treated much harsher of course. Majority of black women enslaved were vulnerable to rape, physical abuse and having their families taken away. While the Confederacy took black male slaves into the camp, black women were left to care for their children themselves while managing their plantations and other labor.
Slaves were treated as property with little value. Beatings and assaults occurred in various places along the slave trade. Also, because of the prosperous slave trade, slaves were sold suddenly and had no time to say goodbye to their families. This narrative brought readers attention to the reasons behind slavery and why this cruel journey continued to take place during the eighteenth century. Slaves were being used for work to benefit economies around the
Although they had to please and be obedient to the master, that didn’t mean that behind closed doors they held the same utmost respect for the master. Many slaves in the south remained working on the plantations during the Civil War because agriculture was still significant economically and for the master’s benefit. With the slaves still at work, this would provide the Confederate troops to have as much food and clothing they need for the ongoing war. Abraham Lincoln’s attitudes about ending slavery was he didn’t necessarily fight to better the lives of African-Americans and didn’t see Blacks as equals.
The individuals who were slaves were "captured in warfare, some were debtors, others were criminals" (Clark, 16). The slavery was temporary and never passed down to the child. As well as, the slaves can work into their freedom, and the slaves can get married into the family that held them. There were bad parts to this type of slavery as well because some slaves were sacrificial death, woman and children were in demand for labor or even any sexual purpose. Even though this is bad on its own the Triangular Trade is deemed much worse for multiple reasons.
In Beloved, Morrison expresses the impact that slavery has on the black community. We come to know about the past events when Paul D and Sethe communicates about their commonly shared past at Sweet Home. The owners of Sweet Home were Mr. and Mrs. Garner, who dealt with their slaves respectfully. Despite that the slaves at Sweet Home did not have legal or social rights, the Garners allowed them many liberties like to select wives, handle weapons, learn how to read and even buy a mother’s freedom. Still Mr. Garner was a disappointing person as he was a slave owner.
It wasn 't that the slaves just didn’t want to tell them because they 'll ask for more, if they told them then they would learn. If a slave knew about the world and their differences, then it would make them think critically of everything. They would start to realize how they could make changes or they could plan out an escaped to get out of slavery and into freedom. If a master found out a slave knew how to learn or write, the slave would be severely punished. As mentioned in the book, it says how Mrs. Auld was teaching him when a master walked in and said no.
They stayed in their place, worked hard, and brought up my father to do the same. (1.2) The narrator recounts that freed slaves were told they were free in all ways, although this clearly was not true. Socially, after freedom from slavery, black people were kept very separate from the rest of society. Sadly, the narrator's grandparents bought into the promise of true freedom wholesale.
With American manufactures rising, the government decided to impose a tariff or tax on all imported and exported goods. The excess tax would decrease the import of foreign goods and increase business for the American manufactures in the North. This forced the South to either pay more for their goods, get the goods from the North or manufacture their goods themselves. Slavery was holding the Southern economy together. The South needed slavery and every day more and more Americans opposed it.
Southerners eventually let african americans work for them. However, they were sharecroppers meaning they have to borrow money to get everything going, and by the time they make their money back they are so much in debt they aren’t making any profit off of it. The landowner is getting all the money. In reality, it’s like they are still slaves, because they are doing work and not getting paid for it. Whatever money that they get goes right to the landowner for the money they had to borrow to grow the crops.
This didn’t change because most freedmen still had no way of making money for themselves, so they were not apart of the American economy. It also showed that even though slavery had been abolished, African Americans would still have a long and rough journey before being treated as equals.
Often times, the individuals who would be helping the slaves would often hear about the horrors of slavery, but they could not feel or visualize the suffering of slaves. The Underground Railroad was that tool that spread a change of perceptions because even the most stubborn of individuals, when they witnessed the conditions of the slaves, and they heard the stories the slaves told when slaves became free, that challenged the dominant ideologies of slavery being good. When thousands of slaves permeated the borders of the northern states, naturally even those who wanted to reject African Americans had to confront and live with the fact that African Americans are not slaves. This generated support for abolition because African Americans were quite competent when they did not have to the basic servile duties for their slave masters. Talented black men like Benjamin Banneker and Phillis Wheatley, a mathematician and a famous poet, proved that free black men could contribute to society (Divine et al 138).
Captured slaves were usually auctioned off to the highest bidder. After being sold,slaves worked in mines,fields or even as domestic servants. They lived a grueling existence. Many lived on little food in small huts. They worked long days and suffered beatings.