It was that desperate drive for survival that led to uprisings against the white man. Though a tough fight and fierce attempt at freedom was the goal, fear, anger and strict laws for African slaves resulted. As with any war, protest or turmoil in American history, there will be bias and embellishing in regard to the facts. Reading the accounts of the slave uprisings in America, you are clearly and immediately reminded how some skepticism must be used when interpreting each story. Suspicions of untruths were common amongst even wealthy white people of status.
Laws and policies were passed to protect the slave owners making it impossible for the slaves to learn to read or write. This was another attempt at keeping the slave’s dependent on their owners, so they would remain ignorant on what is going on without any skills or training. Although slavery is not in existence any longer racism is still alive and sometimes it does have an opportunity to come forward. The Africans were tormented and demoralized for centuries due to the color of their skin and was made to feel less than equal. Money and power was a driving force in the past and in today’s society which sometimes make a person do unethical and immoral things.
The bad part is that these laws applied to slaves as well as “free negroes” at that time. This, like I said before, puts blacks under control giving them restrictions and telling them what they can and can’t do to scare them into no revolting and to just accept the change that was going on. Philomena Essed says “Blacks in the United States tried virtually everything in their struggle for liberation—revolt, petitions, armed attacks, economic boycott, demonstrations, riots, court action, the vote, alliances, [and] Black Nationalism.” This made blacks upset and hopeless because it seemed whatever they tried to do it was never enough to end the countless struggles. Slavery had lasted for several of years. During the times of 1820 and 1860 controversy between the north and the south started to emerge.
This was a movement made in order to end slavery around the world including in a nation that had a common saying, “all men are created equal.” The Abolition movement influenced many individuals to take a stand and change people’s way of thinking, in order to create change in society. Slavery first started in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619 with slaves that were called the “20 and Odd” who were sold for goods. In addition to this, in 1636 a slave ship named Desire began the slave trade between Britain American colonies and Africa. Many colonist were unsure and uneasy with the idea of slavery and by the late 1700’s some states such as Delaware and Virginia did not allow the importation of slavery. In fact, Vermont was the first state to eradicate 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. I think modern readers will understand the brutalizing effects of slavery upon slaveholders better by knowing that the power and the fear they got made them change, because it’s still the same that many people who have the power and the fear of losing their power, such as politicians, are getting brutalizing effects of politics. Although slavery wasn’t the same as the politics now, I think the inevitable fact that the power and the fear can easily brutalize people is the same as now.
The effects of diversity on our nation can be traced back to the civil war period. This period of upheaval is a perfect example of the struggle many Americans went through to free black slaves. The blacks were made slaves in the states for a number of reasons. The blacks were a representation of difference, therefore the whites viewed them as being unequal. We also seem to fear that which is different, so we try to keep them down.
Many revolutionaries saw the war as the British trying to control the colonist right to own their slaves. To most colonial slaveholders the Revolution was not fighting for their independence from British rule but rather was fighting to protect the liberty to securely hold onto their slaves. “American freedom had been defined in racially exclusive terms that cast African slaves outside the boundary of humanity supposedly endowed with the natural rights to liberty” . After the Revolutionary era freedom played a large role in how Native Americans were going to be treated. In the early 19th century Native American culture was greatly shattered when westward bound Americans and the American government pushed to rid the land of Native Americans.
Ostracism in and of itself is a condition no human wants to experience but compounded with disrespect and abuse, it describes the condition of the African Americans prior to the Thirteenth, Fourteenth , and Fifteenth Amendments. The Thirteenth Amendment supposedly outlawed slavery; however, whites still found ways around the law in order to keep blacks below them. The Fourteenth Amendment granted blacks citizenship, but they were still denied basic rights. The Fifteenth Amendment granted blacks the right to vote; however, most blacks were incapable of voting due to specific obstacles. Jim Crow Laws were an extreme obstacle in the integration of African Americans.
While abolishing slavery in 1865 was a step in the right direction it left black Americans without rights as citizens. While blacks could legally own property, sales to them were often met with bribes, coercing, or outright violence when attempted. Black were discouraged (threatened) from learning anything more than basic skills. Anyone teaching blacks about jobs that could be done by whites was often beaten and/or lost their job. Lynching was a constant threat for even minor disobedience or crime.
The book’s thesis is that the overseers and slave masters had a difficult time of managing slaves on the plantations. According to Franklin, slaves were very resistant to slavery and bondage, and some slaves would not stop trying to runaway despite the consequences. Franklin states, “The tensions, conflicts, and often violent confrontations between master and servant, or overseer and slave, have received less attention.”(2) White southerners refused to admit that slaves could n... ... middle of paper ... ... would not recommend this book to others. I would recommend Runaway Slaves to others because it literally has every reason or cause that a slave would run away; some you would never even expect or think of. The book broadens your view of slavery and shows you every opportunity a slave had to escape to the promise land; they would take it.