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Slavery Revolts in the Americas

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When one thinks of slavery, we picture wealthy, white plantation owners and a subdued black man doing his best to appease the white family that owns him. This depiction is either caused by television or simply through the eyes of a southern slave owner. They paint a pretty picture of white family, including the wife and children, being served their tea, crisply folded laundry or a beautiful dinner made from scratch by their slave. The home is neatly cared for, the slave has their own snug, cozy quarters on the land and their lives are filled with hard work but harmony exists. 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. 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. As written in the Charleston Courier, the arrest and trial of a slave named Billy showed those in authority needed to be questioned. The letter was given to the paper anonymously. It was a cruel story of injustice. Without any evidence, and actual proof o... ... middle of paper ... ...ern states offered freedom if a slave was able to reach borders undetected. Also the ability to have an owner with compassion afforded the slave to have a better life. Not all slave owners treated their slave as subhuman. Their role in the master’s home was more of a servant than a slave. 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.
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