All slaves were treated as if they were not human and not allowed to have privileges white people experienced. Overworked and exhausted, slaves were living... ... middle of paper ... ...tates in his book, “Without Struggle There Is No Success” (Douglass). In other words, most people cannot expect to achieve a goal without failing. Frederick Douglass describes the different conditions he experienced and witnessed in the book, The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. As an educated and free black man, Frederick Douglass made it his goal to get his story out to the nation, so that the citizens will know the true colors of slavery.
He shares different experiences and tells the reader what he thought about each one at the time; usually including a follow up of how his view chang... ... middle of paper ... ...o not only reveal what kind of terrible things slaves must endure, but also to show that all black people are capable of being much more than slaves. Douglass voices his opinions to move people toward abolitionism and gain support from the white community. The journey from slave to freed man was a very long one, but well worth it because Douglass was a very influential figure during the abolitionary movement and because of his words, many slaves were given the opportunities to make their own journey to freedom. Works Cited Douglass, Frederik. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself.
The book The Classic Slave Narratives is a collection of narratives that includes the historical enslavement experiences in the lives of the former slaves Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, and Olaudah Equiano. They all find ways to advocate for themselves to protect them from some of the horrors of slavery, such as sexual abuse, verbal abuse, imprisonment, beatings, torturing, killings and the nonexistence of civil rights as Americans or rights as human beings. Also, their keen wit and intelligence leads them to their freedom from slavery, and their fight for freedom and justice for all oppressed people. In the autobiographical writings Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs’ reflects on the times that her master Dr. Flint consistently tried to molest her sexually. In spite of her fears of horrible repercussions such as beatings or torture if she refuses to submit to him, Harriet always manages to evade his proposals to become his mistress by out-smarting him.
Slave trade was over in 1808 by law, but the smuggling of slaves in the U.S continued until the outbreak of the civil war in 1860( Skiba pg. 319).Out of the three million African Americans in the U.S. two million five hundred thousand of them were forced as agricultural laborers. The number of African Americans increased to four million in 1860. Slavery itself was very brutal as slaves worked from sunrise to sundown, lived in flea infested shacks; were often whipped for minor “offenses” (Skiba pg. 319).
Furthermore, another reflection of the accurate reflection of the slave trade was the demonstration of the main character’s punishment and final execution. In this regard, the primary function of the severe punishment and the use of horrible death was to strengthen the existing trade slavery system and keep slaves compliant to the existing order in the colonies. Thus, the author showed the link between the success and profitability of the slave trade and the ability of the colonial authorities to preserve compliance of the slaves (Richardson 755). Overall, from all mentioned above it can be concluded that the authors managed to describe the accurate picture of the triangular slave trade through various means. The author used diverse details in order to show the complexity of the slave trade in terms of numbers, locations, products, routes.
Both narrators show slave narratives in the point of view of both "men and women slaves that had to deal with physical, mental, and moral abuse during the times of slavery." (Lee 44) Violence was almost an everyday occupancy in the life of a slave, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs had to accept that from the start. In "The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave" Douglass portrayed his first and worst experience of violence, "being stripped away from his mother when he was just a baby" (Lee 33). He told his story like it was something that was actually normal, not knowing many people in his family didn't even know when he was born. It was very weird for children born in slavery, but what made it worse was that he was thought of as a mulatto.
The institution of American slavery was fraught with many heart wrenching tails of inhuman treatment endured by those of African descent. In his autobiography Frederick Douglass details the daily horrors slaves faced. In Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave he depicts the plight of slavery with such eloquence that only one having suffered through it could do. Douglass writes on many key topics in slave life such as separation of families, punishment, and the truth that would lead him to freedom, and how these things work to keep slavery intact. In the words of Frederick Douglass, “My mother and I were separated when I was only but an infant…It is a common custom, in the part of Maryland from which I ran away, to part children from their mothers at a very early age.” (22) The bond between mother and child was broken before it had chance to form.
These descriptions of inequality are stated in the first half of the book and help us as readers realize the true “worth” of a slave. Frederick Douglass states “We were all ranked together at the valuation. Men and women, old and young, married and single, were ranked with horses, sheep and swine. There w... ... middle of paper ... ...y afraid at first but finds out that there are many ex-slaves willing to take a stand and risk their lives to help their own. Douglass realizes that with the help from the ex-slaves he could also help his fellow slaves.
Slavery in America was common practice throughout the 17th, 18th, and even 19th centuries. Many are aware of the cruelty that took place in this inhumane system of labor, which regarded African Americans as property and nothing more. Though African Americans were degraded, they were still human beings, and through this they found livelihood. Among their everyday responsibilities as slaves, they found time to create relations with fellow African Americans not only from their own plantations, but also with those from adjoining plantations. These relations lead to the formation of communities, some of which labeled neighborhoods.
Fredrick Douglass, an African-American abolitionist showed his thoughts on slavery through the voice of a former slave. Fredrick Douglass, born, as a slave in Talbot County, Maryland in 1818 was a well-educated abolitionist and one of the very few African-American’s that had the opportunity. Douglass, unlike most slaves was educated as a young man by a Baltimore slave owner’s wife. He turned out to be a tremendous reader and writer and also had a great command of the English Language. Once Douglass had run away from the terrors of slavery in 1838 he joined various organizations in New Bedford, including black church, and regularly attended abolitionis... ... middle of paper ... ...way but with blood (on the day of his execution, 1859)’2 .