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Slavery in America

analytical Essay
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For this assignment we were asked to read the book Modern Medea written Steven Weisenburger, which deals with slavery in the mid-nineteenth century. In my paper I will discuss how the book portrays the daily life as a slave, the issue of freedom, and the racial realities during this time. This particular book tells the story of a slave by the name of Margaret Garner, who one day escaped from her plantation in Covington, KY, and took along with her Robert which was her husband, her four children, and Robert's parents. They loaded up on a stolen wagon and rode it down to the ice covered Ohio River where they would use that to cross over into the state of Ohio which was a free state. Once they had successfully made it across, Margaret and everyone who came along headed to a safe house, which was owned by one of her cousins, until they could connect into the Underground Railroad. While in hiding, the owner of Margaret and her family had tracked the slaves down, and brought along deputies as well as U.S. Marshall's, to bring them back to the plantation in Kentucky in which they belonged. In a desperate attempt to prevent her children from having to return to the harsh life of slavery, she took a knife she had and nearly decapitated her two-year-old daughter killing her, but before she could turn to the other three the deputies had broke in and taken them over. Black slaves versus white slave owners was a common scene in the South in the years preceding and following the Civil War. Many White men had owned slaves that worked on plantations as disobedient workers, but that is the only side of the story most people hear about slavery, is from the white man. Slaves basically were thought to be ruthless beasts that had absol... ... middle of paper ... ... preparing to pursue a chance to escape and declare their freedom, where ever that may be. In conclusion, moral support and encouragement was given with affection by slave families as to not let the white man interfere with their life and cause destruction. What we thing of slavery now as opposed to what Margaret told of slavery are related at some aspects, and as well, some of our visions are tainted at other aspects. Visions of slavery trials and tribulations in the South were produced is an utmost accuracy in this particular novel. What I felt to be true about slavery, in turn, was deemed false by quotations or actions throughout these pages. My feelings of slavery were somewhat the same to a lesser degree of harshness, but if all is true and not fictional in this novel, I was wronged in thinking slavery was a bit easier than what was being taught.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how steven weisenburger's modern medea portrays the daily life as a slave, the issue of freedom, and the racial realities during this time.
  • Explains that black slaves versus white slave owners was a common scene in the south before and after the civil war. slaves were thought to be ruthless beasts that had absolutely no use besides working at plantations.
  • Analyzes how the ohio river acted as a major dividing line for blacks, and those on the south side of that.
  • Opines that slaves faced racial realities on a daily basis. they were stripped of all rights and were subjected to insults, beaten or lynched.
  • Analyzes how sexual roles assigned to blacks during the mid-nineteenth century varied among the different masters.
  • Explains that the struggle for freedom was always on the mind of every plantation worker. these rebellions served as a sweet victory for the slaves, but they never lasted long before they were captured and brought to justice.
  • Analyzes how exemplifies how close-knit slave families were in the south during the mid-nineteenth century.
  • Explains the importance of having a close-knit relationship with the family during the mid-nineteenth century.
  • Concludes that moral support and encouragement was given with affection by slave families as to not let the white man interfere with their life and cause destruction.
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