However, he wanted the power and wished to be called master by his slaves (Douglass, p. 76~77). He became a cruel man from possessing all of his wife’s slaves and becoming a slaveholder. He had to be cruel to be looked like a powerful slavehol... ... middle of paper ... ...out his master and mistress who were brutalized. He just wrote about his lifetime stories, so it’s not easy to find out actually how and why slaveholders were changed by slavery. I thought it was because of the power or the fear they got from becoming slaveholders or maybe both the power and the fear were the reasons, because we can say that the fear made slaveholders want the power.
Being born into slavery in the early nineteenth century, Fredrick Douglass experienced many hardships; from physical torture to mental torture. “By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs, and it is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant.” It was not only the physical damage in which the southerner slave owners inflicted pain onto the slaves, but the mere fact that the slaves weren’t able to know their own birthday. Taking every last measure to keep the slaves uneducated, the slave owners went as far as to keep the identities (their birthdays) of the slaves hidden. “if you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave.” It was this statement that Fredrick Douglass heard from his master which changed the course of his life.
His writings explain the effects of slavery and the struggle to overthrow it, as well as the condition of free blacks both before and after the Emancipation, the politics of the Civil War, and the failed promise of Reconstruction the followed. As a child, Douglass was taught how to read by Sophia Auid. She was drawn to the questioning mind of Douglass. Her husband however, put a stop to this stating the teaching of Douglass to read would, "Spoil the best nigger in the world... forever unfitting him for the duties of a slave." As a slave child some experiences were hard to describe.
Slave owners rarely doubted the moral right of one man holding another in subjection. They were degrading human beings and making them suffer awful torments in order to make a profit. This is why 12 Years a Slave is such a compelling story. It describes tragic tales of slaves by giving the full truth and depicting everyday life as a slave in the Antebellum South. Northup describes his journey with his many slave masters and educates his audience on what tasks and treatment slaves had to deal with on a daily basis.
In Douglass ‘early child hood seemed to be rough because he did witness a lot of abuse and suffered from it as well. He recalls witnessing the brutal whipping of his grandmother but he recalls the true pain being that he couldn‘t do anything to stop it. He uses a lot of scenes like this to provide examples of the inhumanity of... ... middle of paper ... ... going to be our tool. Frederick Douglass portrayed the life of a plantation slave and also the life of slave owned in the city and gave an insight to the daily lives of slaves of the day. He opens the eyes of many people by telling his story and revealed the inhumane treatment of slaves and how they are people as well.
Others would joint the Union Army so they could pillage their former owner’s house. On the other hand, there were blacks that wanted to have the life that their masters had and for so long they were not allowed to have because of their status as slaves. Those slaves would acquire such fine clothes and jewelry and would demand for whites to address them as Mr. or Mrs. Many blacks took to the streets to seek for lost relatives. The emancipation allowed for so many families to get back together; so many years children, spouses, parents were forced to be separated, now it was the perfect time to reunite with them.
The institution of American slavery was fraught with many heart wrenching tails of inhuman treatment endured by those of African descent. In his autobiography Frederick Douglass details the daily horrors slaves faced. In Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave he depicts the plight of slavery with such eloquence that only one having suffered through it could do. Douglass writes on many key topics in slave life such as separation of families, punishment, and the truth that would lead him to freedom, and how these things work to keep slavery intact. In the words of Frederick Douglass, “My mother and I were separated when I was only but an infant…It is a common custom, in the part of Maryland from which I ran away, to part children from their mothers at a very early age.” (22) The bond between mother and child was broken before it had chance to form.
Uncle Tom’s cabin was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1852. It is an anti-slavery book that shows the reader the many sufferings endured by slaves in the period before the civil war. To the people of the modern day generation, these acts of slavery are unbelievable but the reader has to realize the fact that in those years, people suffered, to the point where they were just treated as property, where owners can do whatever they like and be disposed of or traded as if they were just material possessions and not even human. The book talks about the relationship between slaves and their masters as well as the role of women. As slavery was practiced during such times, Stowe tries to expose the difficult life people had in the past and how their faith in God helped them to endure all there hardships.
The mental drain that is caused by slavery parallels the suffering and loss that the slave community had to endure for so long, which made it difficult for them to ever feel like real human beings. When Thomas Sutpen was young, he went to a wealthy white family’s home to delver something, but when he knocked a slave told him he had to come around to the back door. This door was reserved for slaves, so when he heard this it destroyed him on the inside. He had always been raised to believe he was better than African Americans, so this gave him the drive to accomplish many things so he could be considered better than even most white people. His ambition led to his demise which Mrs. Rosa Coldfield described like this, “He had been too successful, you see; his was that solitude
Stowe shows the world in the eyes of slaves and the readers gain an understanding of how slaves were treated and how they had to survive in those years. Sadly that is the true evil in the world the fact slavery went on for hundreds of years. This was the evils that Stowe wanted to depict in this story and was successful. Slavery was evil and wrong and as we look to the future that evil will be tainted on our beings the ability to enslave one another as