That means that the south did not have a leg up on the north who had to pay the sometimes almost non-existent wages of their workers. To be a slave at certain plantations could in many situations have been more comfortable than being a free northern factory worker. At times slaves were proud to be slaves for certain people. A sense of pride and dignity could be carried with a slave of the right owner. This was a much better feeling than the down in the dumps feelings that many northern workers had.
Frederick Douglass, the author of the book “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass”, said “I saw more clearly than ever the brutalizing effects of slavery upon both slave and slaveholder” (Douglass, p.71). Modern people can fairly and easily understand the negative effects of slavery upon slave. People have the idea of slaves that they are not allow to learn which makes them unable to read and write and also they don’t have enough time to take a rest and recover their injuries. However, the negative effects upon slaveholder are less obvious to modern people. People usually think about the positive effects of slavery upon slaveholder, such as getting inexpensive labor.
On the other hand, slave owners described the relationships between slaves and their masters in a very positive way. They argued that slavery is very beneficial for the slaves and the slaves are very happy to live with their masters. Let us now consider both these points of views in details. First of all, let us look at the slaves’ description of the cloth they wore. The clothes supply was as minimum as possible and the quality of the clothes was very bad.
The book describes what different characters experienced under varied circumstances. Some slaves had kind masters, whereas others had cruel dictators. In short, the slave owner’s disposition and personality did determine how their slaves would be treated. Comparatively, the type of jobs that slaves did depended on their environment as well as their skill set. Therefore, 12 Years a Slave is a gripping memoir that addresses the diversity of slavery in full color and provides a clear warning of the moral consequences slavery disregards.
Many African Americans were unwillingly bound in a life of servitude as the property of a slaveholder or household which inhibited their opportunity to escape the unforeseen hazards that would come from the grasp of slavery. Becoming a slave limited African American's ability to become educated and produced a life of captivity that many did not escape due to the trials and tribulations from their new life-styles. Olaudah Equiano was amongst the few who were able to contrive a plan of action to overcome the torments of slavery and experience a life of freedom, out of slavery. Equiano's sensible and psychological methods supply the means for him to earn his freedom. Equiano's "Interesting Narrative" illustrates his fight with slavery and his achievement in over-coming slavery and his victory in earning freedom.
It created an awakening for slaves since he was one of the first slaves that wrote a biography of his life even though slaves were expected to be uneducated. It showed cased slavery as evil and immoral and more people began to support the abolitionist movement. Thus caused conflict between the south and the north because many whites had different opinions and beliefs about slavery. Since they claimed slavery was a good thing because slaves were given a place to live and a place
Another counter to Douglass was that even though slaves were people, they were still considered property. A hard working farmer could have used his last penny in order to purchase that slave because he was unable to tend his farm and provide for his family. One common misconception was that all slaves were beaten and treated lower than swine, while to the contrary some were treated well being given a bed and meals every day in exchange for their hard work. While Douglass may have had a bad time under the ownership of Auld, most northern states did not treat their slaves in this manner. This is one of the main reasons Douglass learned how to read, yet no credit is given to his former owner.
This question is nebulous in the fact that certain aspects can be attributed to the South winning some aspects of the war and the North others. Also, do we include the impacts on former slaves as a Northern victory or do consider them to be their own side during this conflict. Many people will say that the North undoubtedly won the war, but the South's social hierarchy did not really change that much after the war. The former slaves went on many times to work for their former owners achieving not much more than when they were slaves. The South implemented many unjust laws to still allow the whites to stay ahead and to keep the blacks poor and dependent.
Lee says that the slaves are better off here than back in Africa, since they need to be disciplined in order to become better people than still being "savages" since they came from an uncivilized country. He believes that God made slavery to "civilize" the black people and they would heavily benefit from this institution. Slaves were actually the real threat, since they heavily outnumbered the white population in the South and easily could revolt and overthrow plantations. Lee was also against the abolitionist since he thinks they are obstructing the South's rights to use
Solomon Northup and his narrative, Twelve Years a Slave, are essential to the understanding of slave culture. It is because of him and many others that were able to compose slave narratives, that our society to this day understands the indisputable events that occurred in the United States. It’s saddening to hear that there is still forms of slavery in the world today. I believe that slavery isn't just a part of society, it’s a cycle and it’s engraved in some societies to this day. Slavery continues because there are people that allow for it to continue.