Summary Of The Life Of Isabel In Chains

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“The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation” (Wilson).
The lives of New York slaves was worse than ever during the American Revolution. The Revolution was a successful but rough phase of America’s history. The Revolution began through British control so when the people wanted to become independent, war broke out. The life of Isabel in Chains represents the everyday life of a slave during this time period. In the novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, she focuses on two main characters and one main event. These are known as Isabel, Ruth, and the American Revolution. Chains highlights the lives of slaves in New York, the main war front, during the Revolutionary War. There are too many events in the war to simply find one as the main cause, but slavery is definitely one of them. Although the American
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When Isabel and Ruth were being transported, she says, “I could not see where we came from or where we are going. Maybe the ship would blow off course and land in a country without New York or people who bought and sold children” (Anderson 23). Isabel is being taken away from her home when her owner dies, although her and her sister have been set free in the will that nobody is willing to find. Being transported across the country in less than 24 hours is so difficult for Isabel and Ruth, much like many other slaves that experienced the same thing. An online history website states, “A quarter of the slaves in South Carolina and Georgia escaped from bondage during the Revolution. The Northern states outlawed slavery or adopted gradual emancipation plans” (“Digital History”). Slaves were not happy during this time, or at all. Many tried to escape or revolt. Isabel is the same way in her time as a slave. She becomes a Rebel spy and tries to run away to join them. The mindset of becoming free was common among all

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