1805. Plague. Blake, William. 1804. Plate 76 of Jersualem.
Slavery was like an addiction that the south could not break. Although it provided economic benefits to both the north and the south, the addiction or “curse” bound the people to the downfalls of slavery as well. Slavery created an oligarchy of which a small aristocracy of slave-owners would dominate political, economic, and social affairs of both blacks and whites. The institutions negative impact on the South, and even the entire nation would eventually lead to a great tragedy: the civil war. Although the institution of slavery oppressed enslaved individuals, the effects were felt beyond the large slave population.
Searching for the writings by slave owners was a more difficult task then searching for the writings by slaves. However, I found a lot of useful material in various sources. The slavery in the United States is no doubt a shameful history of our country. White people transferred the slaves living in Africa to the New Land and treated them as their property, not as human beings. The living and working conditions of slaves and their food were extremely poor.
"Caesar." Trans. D. McLintock. London: Fontana Press. Mommsen, T. 1877.
Abuse was more prevalent that one would expect. A slave owner could describe harsh beatings lashed unto misbehaved slaves along with a lack of food and medical attention. Consequently, there were numerous malnourished slaves, and a vast amount of slaves whom had developed diseases from unt... ... middle of paper ... ...ased. There is an abundance of laws and privileges that the black people have received over time. The African Americans are the epitome of a race that has risen from oppression.
All of this meant that day-to-day life itself “banked on” the black slave body. Much of the identities of white slave owners were developed through their relationships with slaves and how they interacted with other slave owners. Some even convinced themselves that buying slaves was justified because they were “rescuing” them from the terrors of the market. In many ways, white men entered into full Southern society membership through the buying of slaves that could car... ... middle of paper ... ...ir labor, but rather a society that no longer knew another way of life. The balance of power was beginning to shift as the antebellum South’s dependence on free labor economically tied their existence to the heinous practice of owning slaves.
Slavery: Past and Present The significance of slavery and the slave trade in the 19th century was an economic engine driving colonial America. The Atlantic slave convey and their labors touched all corners of the world. Its complex existence greatly impacted social views, politics and many industries in colonial America, these effects would transcend that era. Frankly, its shadowy existence is still part of America today. This controversial part of America’s history is often unspoken, misunderstand, overlooked or flat ignored at this day and time.
When looking back at events such as these, one can’t help but wonder, “what the heck were they thinking?” When in actuality the people of those times felt that what they were doing was totally justified. The same is true for the institution of slavery. In modern times however, most people find such an institution to be worthless and inhumane. When one observes slavery through the eyes of a southerner during that period, a plethora of justifications would be present. Also, Southerners of that time had reason to believe that the basis of the northern economy was more corrupt than theirs.