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.
Slavery began in the late 16th century to early 18th century. Africans were brought to American colonies by white masters to come and work on their plantations in the South. They were treated harshly with no payments for all their hard work. In addition, they lived under harsh living conditions, and this led to their resistance against these harsh conditions. 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.
When asked to answer the question, What Characterizes American history and Culture through Lucas Douglass’ Perspective, I immediately think slavery and how horribly these poor people were treated. The treatment of slaves in the United States varied widely depending on conditions, times and places. During the time of Lucas Douglass in the 1840s, the treatment of slaves was generally characterized by its violence, degradation, and ruthlessness. Whippings, rapes and executions were definitely a commonplace during this time period. Depending on the slave owner’s rules, many slaves were denied any type of freedom.
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.
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.
1968); for an extensively revised account, see Larry Gara, The Liberty Line (1961). This means that the Quakers helped many slave to escape and letter on they used the Underground Railroad to show the evil and the lives of many fugitive slaves. Some Northern opposed slavery but when they catch a fugitive slave they bring them back and they make good fortune. However as I mentioned in the first paragraph they was antislavery but they thought that black and white cannot live together. They tried to send back to West Africa but many of them stay in American because they even don’t know where the West Africa was.
In the well-written narrative The Life of Fredrick Douglass, the author, and former slave known as Fredrick Douglass, uses multiple examples of brutal whippings and severe punishments to describe the terrible conditions that African American slaves faced in the south. Douglass’s purpose for writing this narrative was to show the physical and emotional pain that slaves had to endure from their owners. According to Fredrick Douglass, “adopted slaveholders are the worst” and he proves his point with his anecdotes from when he was a slave; moreover, slave owners through marriage weren’t used to the rules of slaveholding so they acted tougher. He also proves that Christian slave owners weren’t always holier, they too showed no mercy towards their slaves and Douglass considered them religious hypocrites. Like most southern slave owners Thomas Auld was a cruel master who always disciplined his slaves for their wrong doings.
However, if you dig deeper into the real history of slaves in America, the stories won’t always be as peaceful. Slaves were not always purchased by someone with compassion. Many cases show these poor slaves being treated with quite inhumane practices. Those slaves were given no choice except to try to find a way out of their dismal and dangerous lives. It was that desperate drive for survival that led to uprisings against the white man.
If the slave were to disobey the master’s orders, the female slave would get punished for not following orders. The relationship between the mist... ... middle of paper ... ...ed like animal is such a demoralizing feeling. You weren’t really allowed to do anything you loved to do without having to fear a consequence from the slave master of the plantation. All in all, the slave trade was a big a business in the south. The Louisiana Purchase made the slave trade even bigger then it already was.
Physical brutality wasn’t the only method white slave owners used to abuse slaves. Douglass shows how white slave owners sustain slavery by keeping the African Americans ignorant. Slaves were not allowed to know how to read or write because the slave owners did not want them to read about the rebellions that were taking place around the world. Becoming literate would have opened the slaves up to the world and understand self-preservation, justice and historical events. They did not want the slaves seeking hope and forming an escape plan to gain their freedom.