Have you ever wondered how life was for the slaves in the South? Slaves in the South suffered through many consequences. For example, they suffered through many whippings with cow skin if they didn't obey their master, they also got separated from their family mostly the fathers, so, they can be sold to a very mean slave owner. Even if they were living a miserable life on the farms, they had their own culture and they managed to even get married in the farmland or where they worked. Not only did the slaves live on the farm.
“The Hardships of a Slave” The autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave depicted the life of a slave during the 1800’s. Not only did it explain the life of Frederick Douglass, but also, the life of his family and friends around him. It showed the true severe and harsh treatment of African Americans during this time. Around this time, being an African American meant you were treated as less than human, property, an animal. Slaves were pushed and chastised simply because of the color of their skin, something they had no control over.
After escaping slavery and seeking freedom in the North, former slaves would often write their testimonies of the cruel life on the southern plantations. One of the best and most recognizable examples of this genre is “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” whose author, Frederick Douglas, became an important figure not only in literature but also in history of fighting for civil rights. He was born into slavery and raised by the grandparents because his mother was assigned to work in a field far away and was not allowed to stay with her son. Life at the plantation was full of abuse and cruelty, which he could witness from a young age by seeing his aunt being whipped. He described slaves’ fear of their masters that often took pleasure in punishing and whipping their property; the hardships of fieldwork where blacks would work all day with only few breaks for meals or how the owners were impregnating black women in order for them to produce more, free laborers.
Such as “Angelina Grimké” a Caucasians female Christian who despised slavery and watch her parents live with it with no moral or self-respected. In this time period slavery was the biggest aspect in American (South) in its era. Due to the Spanish taking lands from the Native Americans to colonist and to build on the new land. Then enslaving
Slaves that worked here were criminals who had to relinquish their property and their freedom. These people were stuck in the mines for the rest of their lives, never to be sold, and never to be granted back their freedom. They were condemned to slavery and it was understood that they would live and die in these mines. This poor excuse for a life often resulted in unimaginable suffering, and a very limited lifespan. Gladiators were also slaves that were trained to fight to the death for entertainment in the Roman amphitheaters.
Slavery was a terrible experience for both men and women, as people had to work hard not being paid for this job, they were considered somebody’s property being unable to own something having nor money neither opportunity to buy something or act on their own. Slaves wanted to gain freedom, and this was the only true dream uniting all people working in the South, and freedom was mostly associated with the North forcing slaves to escape slavery and move there. In her book the author touched many serious and important problems, such as sexual exploitation and oppression of women, racial issues while showing the life of slaves in the South and sharing her personal experiences with the readers. The role of the family was also fully presented in
The treatment was very poor. They were treated inhumanly as part of property. The slaves were no different than land or food at an auction (Doc 2). Slave auctions were places where slaves were split off from family members to the highest bidders. Many families never seen each other again after being auctioned off.
Slavery ended in 1865, not "300 years ago". Slavery was allowed and defended by the law up until that date. As soon as the war was over, Jim Crow laws and the KKK prevented black people from advancing economically. Redlining was legal. All of this legally protected economic explotiation of black people has resulted in centuries of theft of labor from people over their skin color.
Most importantly, slaves are treated horribly.Regardless if it is modern day or past slavery, slaves were treated as they were less of a human. Next importantly, many slaves are sold into slavery by their families. However, I am living comfortably, many families are suffering because they have little money.They sell their children. I can 't even fathom the idea of being sold by my own family.Finally, many slaves don 't escape. Many slave stories are not told, and if I was taken into slavery, I want mine to be told.
Killing or lynching of unwanted slaves, mistreatment, torture, segregation, cultural uprooting, disorientation and dislocation were some of the “natural” faith of the slaves. Slaves who survived the inhuman treatments, face their daily lives with “indelible stain” of slavery, indignity, segregated and marginalized and cultural alienation. All these put together, one is faced with a psychological load of permanent lack of identity, consciousness of color and indeed nostalgia for the lost homeland, from where they have been uprooted. Up till today, many former slaves in different parts of the world still bear the blunt scars of slavery, which is difficult - if not impossible - to