Through slave revolts, the whites were forced to see that slaves were never going to be satisfied with life as it was. By word of several rebellions arising in the south, they couldn’t legally free their black servants, but they could treat them better over time. The white owners did not want their families and homes to be part of an insurrection. Though many lives were lost of white men, women and children, the slaves showed power and resistance to being mistreated and disrespected. Though freedom was years away, they were taking necessary steps to prove they were indeed human.
The advertisements represented the increasing resistance on the part of both indentured servants and slaves of their poor treatment. The advertisements were the slave owner’s resource in the return of their property. When analyzing the advertisements, it is clear the attitudes towards the servants and slaves were more of a piece of property than that of a human being. The slave owners list thing such as physical descriptions, special skills, rewards for their capture and return. This paper will compare and contrast the advertisements of indentured servant and slave runaways.
Also, we will talk about the power that the slaveholders got from controlling their slaves and the fear that the slaveholders maybe had to understand how they were changed. Thomas Auld had been a poor men and he came into possession of all his slaves by marriage. He was a cowardly cruel slaveholder and he didn’t have the ability to hold slaves. He also realized that his incapable of managing his slaves. However, he wanted the power and wished to be called master by his slaves (Douglass, p. 76~77).
In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself, Frederick Douglass establishes for us the many factors that lead to the continual enslavement of the black race by connecting his own plight to that of other slaves as a plea for the abolition of slavery. The evil of slavery infected every master to pervert the truth to his own satisfaction and Douglass explains how slavery corrupts the humanity of both slave and master. The legal system was also not an option for slaves to turn to for help because they had no legal rights. The fear of losing friends and never being able to trust anyone again was enough to keep many back in bondage. And the lack of education left their minds dulled to any thoughts beyond what they already knew which was just their own miserable condition.
Since adopted slave owners were married into slave owning and weren’t raised among slavery, Douglass believed that they didn’t know how to tr... ... middle of paper ... ... master practiced. He came to the conclusion that being religious didn’t show their goodness as people but instead brought out their brutality. The Life of Fredrick Douglass shows how slavery could of not only affected the slaves but the owners as well. Thomas Auld was overall a cowardly owner and quite tough compared to other slaveholders. Douglass believed that since Auld obtained slave owning from marriage, it made him more of an unpleasant master because he wasn’t used to being around slavery and having so much power.
Even free slaves worried that their freedom would be taken from them and they would be forced back into slavery. As a source, there are some limitations since Equiano was an atypical slave who purchased his freedom and was a sailor. However, his experiences and the experiences of others are still valuable when examining slavery.
A Troublesome Property by Kenneth Stammp Kenneth Stammp writes of "A Troublesome Property", that is bondsman in a peculiar institution. Stammp makes all the right assertions as to why the plantation owners and overseers were not wise to the tricks that slaves would use to get out of work, or to even escape. Most slaves would use " yes man" tactics in order to fool their masters into believing they were content in their current situation. "Most masters believed they understood their slaves, and most slaves apparently made no attempt to discourage this belief. Instead, they said things they thought their masters wanted to hear, and they conformed with the rituals that signified their subservience."
Slave owners even banned drumming because they feared an uprising or of secret messages being delivered amongst the slaves ("Slave Resistance at Work."). However, the words of some spirituals would openly complain de... ... middle of paper ... ....). This bringing of native culture into America showed how the slaves resisted, even after they were forced into the American ways of living. Resisting slavery in a time where Africans were unequal and inferior was the only good that could be made of their situation. Culture played the subtle role in the resistance, allowing the music, stories, and art that had been passed on from generation to generation to circulate among the African American slave community.
The racism towards the African Americans who were slaves was at its extreme as they did not have any rights; no civil nor political rights. The conditions were worse for the slaves, and they decided to resist in order to free themselves from the slavery institution. African slaves used various strategies of resistance to slavery. According to Hine, Hine, and Harrold (66), “such resistance ranged from shirking assigned work to sabotage, escape and rebellion”. African American slaves had three forms of resistance against slavery which were; escaping, day-to-days acts and rebellion against their masters.
As a result, it caused conflicts between the north and the south as they debate the issue of slavery. African Americans are given limited opportunities because they are considered to be inferior and less educated than the white population. As slaves, they are only allowed to know basic facts about themselves and cannot have access to an education. Whites limit their freedom and opportunities by keeping them uneducated and treat them as if they were animals. They do this by making them work long hours in their unsanitary cotton plantations and whip them when they do not get the work done.