Reconstruction in 1865 through 1877 was terminated by Southern men due to their lack of acceptance of African Americans in restricting their political rights, not following the North’s precedence of equality, and the assassination of many a men by their ever so popular Klan. Reformation began after the Civil War which was fought over sectional differences and heavy slavery in the South. Southerns had always been pro slavery which contributed to their low treatment of African Americans as a whole. Once the South lost the War they could no longer legally enslave African Americans, but that did not change their persona in the eyes of the rich white men. Equality was a concept for white men according to the South, especially considering that
Huck Finn isn't afraid of a challenge not when it comes to people he cares about. He knew that by helping Jim escape slavery he was going against everything he was taught by the people around him. It wasn't what society expected of you, but he didn't care, all he cared about was setting his friend ,Jim, free. In the beginning of the novel Huck sees Jim as a slave, never treated him any less or any more than what he was. Yet as the story and relationship between them progressed his opinion towards Jim changed from being a slave who is beneath him to being a good friend, his
He stated that because polygyny is so deep-rooted in African culture it causes the aberrant family relationships found in present day African Americans. In his argument he states that because a man has several wives the children are closer to their mother because they only have to share their mother with the other children she conceived while it is a constant fight to get their father’s attention and inheritance (Herkovits 64). I personally do not agree with Herkovits in his attempt to link polygamous ancestors to the family structure of today. I know it is a rampant issue in today’s society of the absence of fathers in the African American home, but I do not see polygyny being the cause of it. Mothers are close to their children because the child grows in their mother’s womb for nine months and their mother would breast feeds them, this causes a close relationship from conception, not because the father had so many children from so many
“Defenders of slavery claimed that slaves were better off under that system of their own. Their masters provided for all their needs, so slaves did not have to be responsible for their own food, clothing, or housing.” Although they were given food, clothes, and a place to live, they were still treated in a very inhumane way. Slave owners abused them, called them every name that could possibly belittle them. That was normal for slave owners and slaves at the time, but now this type of behavior is illegal. Every slaves dream was to finally be free and to live out their dreams even if it meant they were going to struggle.
Shortly after that in his speech, he says, “Drudgery and servitude, then are my prospective proportion. Can you be surprised at my discouragement” (Doc C). This young man is highly qualified to work wherever, but because of his race, no one would want to work with him. He will be stuck doing a job he is completely overqualified to do, whether it is some menial labor or a job of servitude. In this way Blacks did not have economic freedom because they could not always work wherever they
The story about Wesley Harris is not as interesting as Jeffrey and Dorcas story , but it is a great story.The story is about a man named Wesley Harris that escaped from slavery to get to gettysburg , but unfortunately that didn 't quite happen as good as he wanted but he did escape. Wesley is the selfish one as he leaves his friends that was with him. He knew where they was located but left them be. Both of these characters that are in the two passages are slaves. They also are trying to reach a goal and trying to overcome what they are going through.
Although they lived together, they get sold when their owner don’t want them or slaves disobey. For example in Kindred, Nigel’s father was sold because sometime his father disobey to Tom Weylin. If slaves wanted to keep their family together, they had to worked hard or respect to their owner. The slave and prisoner punishment are harsh when they disobey. For slaves, punishment is different for women and men.
I believe that Rufus is an alternation of his father he still sees slaves as more than a piece of property with only a couple of exceptions. For example when Dana told him that Alice doesn 't love him, but he refused to take no as an answer which showed that he didn 't really care about the way she felt or thought of him. Furthermore, he also received some of his father 's temper or anger problems. Throughout the book there been moments where Rufus would suddenly get angry and become demanding, for instance when Rufus demanded Dana to get up form her chair but lucky he claimed down before he could do anything irrational. He also sold slaves like his father and punished them when he had too.
Huck struggles to see the good in society because everyone he has ever lived with has not seen his great potential, he wants to be free of societal pressures which proves to be a hard task. Jim on the other hand is not a free man he is a slave, therefore freedom is very important to him. He has been a slave for many years and gaining his freedom will prove that he is a person and deserves to be treated like one. According to Huck, “...whoever saved [Jim] would send him back home so as to get a reward, then Miss Watson would sell him [for] sure.” Huck is beginning to realize that Jim is a human being and things that society has told him might be wrong. He is pulling more and more away from society’s beliefs and gaining a little bit of freedom each time.
“Notes to a large amount had come into the hands of Haley. (Stowe p10)” It was seemed that he was not willing to sell his slaves including Uncle Tom, who was one of his best workers. However, because of the stress from the dept and Haley, he had to sell some slaves including Uncle Tom. He still told Haley that he would rather not sell Uncle Tom because he treated Uncle Tom as his brother. Mr. Shelby was relatively kind to his slaves but did not care much about them.