Lhamon, he informed the readers about the “ Great Negro Plot”. The name of the revolt vilified and gave the blame to slaves while the organization was hardly a “Negro” revolt (Lhamon 20). The intimate relationship became very intensive as slaveholders in America capitalized their right of possession over another being. Phrases such as ‘my slave’ or ‘our slaves’ were subtle forms of attachment. When slaves ran away, there were mixed feelings of anger, betrayal, and confusion among the slaveholders.
People usually think about the positive effects of slavery upon slaveholder, such as getting inexpensive labor. In the book “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass”, Douglass also shows modern readers some brutalizing impact upon the owner of the slaves. He talks about Thomas Auld and Edward Covey who are his masters and also talks about Sophia Auld who is his mistress. We will talk about those three characters in the book which will help us to find out if there were the negative influences upon the owner of the slaves or not. 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.
"The proprietor of this thing, the mover of this instrument, the soul and the reason of this body, the source of life, was the master" (p.7). Masters also considered their slaves to be inferior and, t... ... middle of paper ... ... Gutman points out, "Slave families were subject to masters decisions and behavior, which might result in the sale and geographic separation of family members" (p.161). Once a slave was purchased their new home and family would be the slave colony they were brought to. Here they would establish new family, identity and friendship. In conclusion, Slavery in American Society is successful in providing critical evidence on the significance of the world the slaves made for themselves.
Southern society was deeply shaped by slaves and slaveholders. Slaves experienced huge limitations, and their culture adapted to those boundaries. Slaveholders, though, took on new social norms due to slavery, too. Perhaps some of the most interesting social dynamics are those that bind the slaves and slaveholders together. The cruelty shown to individual slaves in individual moments contributes greatly to the fear with which slaves view their masters.
Slavery and indentured servitude was the backbone of the Virginia economy. Slaves were considered an investment in the planter’s business and a necessity for success. The treatment of slaves was much the same as owning a piece of property or equipment. Slaves were not viewed as fellow human beings, quite the opposite they were of lesser status. Slaves and indentured servants grew tired of their treatment and responded with acts of rebellion.
The introduction makes mention of the masters freeing their slaves outright and in some cases, provided for manumission in their wills. I understand how that very notion could soften the opinions of abolitionists and convey the hope of freedom to slaves, should they survive their masters. It is no wonder they considered their masters “humane” even when they were given only the bare necessities, flogged, and malnourished. Slave Trade was as big a business as Cotton itself. With demands growing for cotton, the Necessity for supplementary slaves was evident, especially since whites refused to work in those conditions.
Plantation owners needed slaves to maintain their lands, without which they would receive no profits. Fears of slave revolts and a growing stigma attached to African Americans only fueled southerners on. The southern colonists wanted an economical solution that benefited their specific geographical needs; Slavery also became a way to raise a southern colonist’s social standing, as well as his income. Slavery fit all of the Southerner’s needs and was brought forth at a time when those needs were at their peak. Slavery rose exponentially up to and way after Thomas Jefferson wrote the words, “All men are created equal”.
As slavery continued to develop, and many countries, such as the emerging United States in the late 18th century, had slaves as a major part of their economic model. Then, especially in slave ships and markets, there was a process of dehumanization that made the white sailors disengage themselves from the misery and brutality they were inflicting on people. It could be argued that violence was a necessity from Europeans’ perspectives, to try to keep enslaved people from revolting, and disrupting the flow of wealth they had obtained from the cruelty of slavery. Their wealth, was dependent on the continuation of slavery, which was why this system was so brutal by nature. The people in
The South was built politically, culturally, and economically on slavery. In the Antebellum South, the most important factor was not wealth but power. One theme of the Antebellum South was white supremacy and slavery ensured this through the control of labor which also worked as a system of racial adjustment and social order. Slave ownership elevated the status of the wealthy planters and this allowed the institution of slavery to be accepted due to the paternalistic culture of the South. This paternalistic master-slave relationship was important for slaveholders to maintain their power.
What would it be like if we were a part of the slave years? To get an inside look of slavery we look through the eyes of a former slave Frederick Douglass. Through his experience of being grown into slavery in the south made him re-evaluate his life knowing he was worth more than being treated as someone else’s property. Not only was Douglass a part of the plantation system, city life, and brutal whipping but he was put into history as a great role model defining the true meaning of life. All people today should show respect to African Americans due to their struggle in reaching freedom and coming across difficulty.