The treatment of slaves was dependent upon the region because different crops required differing needs for cultivation. Slaves in the Cotton South, concluded traveler Frederick Law Olmsted, worked “much harder and more unremittingly” than those in the tobacco regions.1 Since the birth of America and throughout its expansion, African Americans have been fighting an uphill battle to achieve freedom and some semblance of equality. While African Americans were confronted with their inferior status during the domestic slave trade, when performing their tasks, and even after they were set free, they still made great strides in their quest for equality during the nineteenth century. As the United States continued to expand, the thirst for slave labor heightened. Once Congress outlawed the Atlantic slave trade, and thus the import of slave labor, planters created the domestic slave trade by looking to the Upper South and Eastern seaboard regions for slaves.
As strong willed and persevering Harriet Jacobs was, she was faced with the inescapable grip of Dr. Flint to show his dominance in mind, body, and spirit. Based on the fact that Jacobs was brought up not knowing she was a slave shaped her independent mind set. One major event involved Jacobs falling in love with a free black carpenter that lived in her neighborhood. Her lover wanted to buy her freedom but Dr. Flint did not grant consent. Jacobs was again reminded of the power Dr. Flint had over her granted to him by the institution of slavery.
Celia suffered this hate crime, rape, repeatedly against her will by her master, giving life to two children. The defence attorney claimed Newsom’s death as a justifiable homicide, an act of self defence “that even a slave woman could resist unwanted sexual advances”. At the same time the defense counsel questioned the competence of a slave woman, “The issue of who controlled access to female slaves held tremendous economic, as well as social significance”. In October 1855, she was sentenced to death by hanging. Many people became outrage by this frustrating case because there was an appeal to the supreme court but the execution was still scheduled to take place.
All of this meant that day-to-day life itself “banked on” the black slave body. Much of the identities of white slave owners were developed through their relationships with slaves and how they interacted with other slave owners. Some even convinced themselves that buying slaves was justified because they were “rescuing” them from the terrors of the market. In many ways, white men entered into full Southern society membership through the buying of slaves that could car... ... middle of paper ... ...ir labor, but rather a society that no longer knew another way of life. The balance of power was beginning to shift as the antebellum South’s dependence on free labor economically tied their existence to the heinous practice of owning slaves.
The outcome of Celia’s trial was influenced by a court system that was trying to reconcile slavery consequences along with existing moral codes and politics. There were two accounts of how the murder could have happened, “The first account of the murder that Newsom was grabbing for her and she hit him once more out of fear, which then killed him. The second account, and the more likely of the two, was, “as soon as I struck him the Devil got into me, and I struck him with the stick until he was dead, then rolled him in the fire and burnt him up (McLaurin, p135)” (123 helpme). Once Newsom’s family realized that he was missing a search began and when no body could be found, they turned to the slaves, and Celia confessed to the
Slaves are well-defined as being people who are bound in vassalage as the property of a person or household ("slave"). Slavery was trained all over the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and African-American slaves facilitated in building the economic foundations of the new nation. The invention of the cotton gin in 1793 solidified the central importance of slavery to the South's economy. By the mid-19th century, America's westward expansion, along with a growing abolition movement in the North, would provoke a great debate over slavery that would tear the nation apart in the bloody American Civil War (1861-65) ("Slavery"). A victim is a person who is embittered or tricked by someone else ("Victim - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary").
The slave narratives of the ante-bellum time period have come across numerous types of themes. Much of the work concentrates on the underlining ideas beneath the stories. In the narratives, fugitives and ex-slaves appealed to the humanity they shared with their readers during these times, men being lynched and marked all over and women being the subject of grueling rapes. "The slave narrative of Frederick Douglas" and "Harriet Jacobs: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" themes come from the existence of the slaves morality that they are forced compromise to live. Both narrators show slave narratives in the point of view of both "men and women slaves that had to deal with physical, mental, and moral abuse during the times of slavery."
The serial killer, Edmund Kemper a.k.a “The Co-ed Killer” was born on December 18, 1948. Kemper did not have a good relationship with his mom, who was an alcoholic and abusive towards her children. At ten years old she made him live in the basement because she thought he would hurt his sisters. As a child, Kemper had horrible fantasies such as killing his mother and stated that in order to kiss a teacher he had a crush on, he would have to kill her. Kemper would make his sisters play a game where they would tie him to a chair in a “gas chamber” and he would squirm in pain until he “died”.
This deeply moving, first-hand account of Slavery during the 19th century, gives the reader an invaluable, in-depth look at the horrifying treatment of African-Americans slaves and the true ugliness that will always mark the country’s beginnings. Written by Harriet Jacobs under the pseudonym Linda Brent, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl depicts what is was like to grow up not only a slave but a female, as well, and her grueling fight to free herself and her children. The average life of a slave could depend very greatly upon whose possession they were in. Some slave owners, though few, were considerably more compassionate and humane in their treatment of their slaves like her dead mother’s mistress who owned Harriet until she was twelve years old. The mistress taught Jacobs to read and write, which was a very rare thing for slaves to know how to do and would be crucial later for Jacobs to write her own story, but she still betrays Jacob in the end by not giving her freedom and leaving her to the Flint family upon her death.