The Garies And Their Friends And Clotel Analysis

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Throughout the course of the semester we have read multiple books that have challenged our thoughts of the experiences faced by African Americans during the late 19th century. Aside from being shunned from their communities African Americans were considered to be of the lowest social class possible. Two books that expand on this notion are The Garies and Their Friends written by Frank J Webb, and Clotel written by William Wells Brown. Both novels share the story of mixed race families struggling to find their place in society. The 19th was a time of confusion and mistreatment among race’s, both The Garies and Their Friends and Clotel broaden our knowledge of life as a mixed-race slave as they figure their place in society.
The Garies and Their
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The Garies were a particularly well off family who were accepted by their neighbors in the south. Even though their life together wasn’t frowned upon they were still unable to get married due to laws that still existed in the south. That being said, these laws demonstrate the social inequality that still existed between the races. Since slavery still existed in the south Emily wanted a better life for her children, a life where if anything were to happen to Clarence she and her family were able to remain free. During this time period the north was considered to be free, as a result Emily convinced Clarence to move. When the Garies get to the north they realize that life isn’t as easy as they thought it was going to be. Despite the fact that the north is free from slavery, racism still exists. This is shown by the Garies neighbor known as “Slippery George” Stevens. Mr. Stevens makes it a priority to show the Garies they are unwanted in their neighborhood by keeping their children out of…show more content…
This novel is based on the lives of Clotel, her mother Currer and sister Althesa They are a mixed race family whom are slaves of Thomas Jefferson. After the death of Jefferson Clotel, Currer, and Althesa are all sent to the slave trade. This is an example of how unrecognized slave lives were; when one master died, they would be shipped off to a new one without any say or consent. In the salve trade, Horation Green, a white man, purchases Clotel to be his common-law wife. Just like the Gaires Horation Green and Clotel couldn’t become married due to the laws against miscegenation. Although they are not wed, Horation Green and Clotel have a child together. They live a fairly normal live until Horation decides to get into politics. Soon after he abandons Clotel and Mary and marries a white woman who forces him to sell Clotel and Mary to the salve trade. Clotels skin color was the reason that her “husband” had the ability to leave her without any say. It shows us how mistreated African Americans were, aside from having no rights their master were allowed to dispose of their slaves whenever they pleased. Aside from Clotel her mother and sister remain “in a slave gang” until Currer is purchased from Mr. Peck. Currer remains enslaved until she dies from yellow fever. Soon after Althesa marries her white master after passing as a white woman. This is a prime example as to why blacks only received mistreatment based off of skin color. If you were able to pass as a white
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