Yet when politics made that day become reality on January 1, 1863, the newly freed men and women were utterly disappointed and in disarray. After living their lives under the institution of slavery, the former slaves were literally left to survive on their own without the proper tools such as opportunities, provisions, or education. This race of people, for whom it was illegal to learn to read or write and even to congregate in groups of three or more, was now released into the same society that had enslaved them, and which was now supposed to open its arms and accept them as equals. Along with this freedom came a sudden change in identity, a clinging to faith, and a supposed new placement within society. ¡§The Negro became in the first year contraband of war; that is, property belonging to the enemy and valuable to the invader.
She was never born with a last name as she grew up on a plantation as an African-American slave. When Sarny gets her children sold to another plantation owner, she is deeply hurt. However, when she is set free by the Union troops, she goes and looks for her children right away. Sarny meets quite a few people along the way, but eventually finds her beloved children. Antagonist The antagonists of this story are the white racist people of the South.
An example of this heartless act is found in this very novel. It is of a slave, “named Dynamis and [he] was from Corinth. Despite this, he held no specific ties to Sparta’s naval ally since he was sold into slavery when he was eighteen by his father when his family had come upon a hard time.” (Pritsos 38). Selling your teenaged son into slavery for money is one of the cruelest, heartless and inhuman things that a human can do. If money is an issue, one should let their kids work to earn money, sell unnecessary delicacies or even limit the... ... middle of paper ... ...tre.
After his own sudden death, the family began selling all of their slaves (Civil War, 2014). Not wanting the rest of her family to be separated, Tubman was determined to escape (Civil War, 2014). The Underground Railroad Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in 1849, fleeing to Philadelphia (Biography, 2014). She initially left Maryland with two of her brothers, Ben and Henry, on September 17, 1849 as a notice published in the Cambridge Democrat that offered a $300 reward for the return of Harriet, Harry and Ben (Bio, 2014). Once they had gotten away, the two b... ... middle of paper ... ...Harlem_Food_ Cultural_Tours-NewYork.html Civil War Trust.
The two whites had seven years added to their service but the African was enslaved for life. As time goes on, the idea of Ethnocentrism begins to snowball until Africans are stripped of all human rights and become pieces of property. By 1700 most slaves are men, however some women begin to be brought over and self-sustaining supply of slaves begins to emerge. At this time the south begins t... ... middle of paper ... ...tific Slavery, which said that slaves where closer to apes by measuring the shape of their heads to prove that they weren't very knowledgeable. Southerners also said that being one of their slaves was better than being a wage slave to Northern Factories because Southern slave owners would take care of their slaves into old age and sickness.
Slaves were promised a “mule/ and 40 acres” and they didn’t live to receive it nor did generations to follow; because the American government has yet to live up to its word. The fruit of the slaves’ labor was stolen from the “land of the free”. The victims of the White people’s African slave trade never experienced such freedom. This race deserves compensation for the mistreatment it has suffered and continues to endure. Paying reparations to the descendants of African American slaves would bring about a tremendous improvement for the advancement of Black America.
This left African Americans no way to defend themselves against the prejudiced kidnappers and slave masters. Free African Americans, who should have been safe as any other person, were faced with the danger of being wrongly enslaved every day. They could be kidnapped as a result of an act put in place by greedy people that forced them to work in the cruel conditions of slavery. Free African Americans lost their lives to slavery, and most were not able to get it back. Hope kept them alive but whips beat them down.
If a slave took his owner's life it was a capital offense. Instead he “leaped a fence near by, and hurried across the plantation,” thus making his first escape attempt (102). He was chased through the bayou and swamp by both men and dogs.... ... middle of paper ... ...behalf of the kidnappers, and Northup's own testimony being deemed inadmissible by the court, both led to the dismissal of the charges. By filing the suit, Northup was able to shine a light on “the burning sense of the wrong” they had inflicted upon him (251). Northup's nightmare of twelve years in slavery was over.
Of course, the difference seems to be that the African masters did not ill treat their slaves. It was not until Equiano was sold to the white traders that he became "converted into terror" and even after many years had passed he was "yet at a loss to describe" (479). Equiano's graphic account of the conditions on board the slave ship pained me as I read. I could only imagine the suffering as he described "the heat," "the air...unfit for respiration" and the "shrieks...and the groans of the dying" (481). While Equiano was luckier than most, if it can be considered luck.
Clotels skin color was the reason that her “husband” had the ability to leave her without any say. It shows us how mistreated African Americans were, aside from having no rights their master were allowed to dispose of their slaves whenever they pleased. Aside from Clotel her mother and sister remain “in a slave gang” until Currer is purchased from Mr. Peck. Currer remains enslaved until she dies from yellow fever. Soon after Althesa marries her white master after passing as a white woman.