Many slaves after all were prevented from learning how to read and write. However the few written accounts available are able to help illustrate the grim reality they went through. These writings can easily be contested with a typical history book which often deals with the problems slavery caused clinically with little detail on how brutal the institution was. To explore the problem of not only revisionist history but of slavery itself we turn to 19th century American writer Fredrick Douglas. Douglas was an escaped slave, and also one of the few that were able to write down and get published his account of his treatment from plantation owners and overseers.
This could be due to the approach of different instructors or because school curriculums are supposed to focus on the interesting facts and stories about slavery. The fact of the matter is there are some areas that go untouched when learning about slavery in most schools. Reading the book Black Southerners was something different for me. It was like some one opened a door and when I entered in I found hidden facts and knowledge about an institution that has a tremendous effect on my country and this history of race. John B. Boles is the author of Black Southerners, and before he even discusses slavery itself he acknowledges that most people have preconceived notions about not just about slavery but about history as a whole.
History Untold History is taught and perceived in different ways throughout the country, however historians and teachers play a major role in how history is understood. My history teacher made me understand that the African-American slaves suffered adversity in different manners but never explained how their efforts led to a revolution in America. This gap has been filled by David Roediger in his book Seizing freedom where he reminds us of what we have missed in our prominent and scholarly accounts of emancipation and what we might gain by revisiting an era when “profound and unimaginable changes exploded” across the country(p.9). In reference to WEB Du Bois analysis of Civil war as workers strike, David Roediger accounts for the upsurge and
During this time, there were no rules applied for the slaves. The only rule is that restricting all the rights of the servants. (Davis, 79) Because of the ongoing scenario, the British America recog... ... middle of paper ... ...is the historical fact." Up to this date, people still depend on slaves. It might not be as harsh or as controversial as before, but still there were distinctive similarities that should be considering each one as a racist.
I personally believe the slaves’ accounts that described every detail in constructing the reality of slavery. The slaveholders, however, talked in general without a single example from their experiences as slave owners. Also, very often, it is hard to believe what they say in their essays. But why these people could be so evil? I think the best answer for the question can be found in Inside View Of Slavery by C. G. Parsons who was a visitor from the North at the time of slavery.
After the American civil war a number of great things happened; the most important being the end of slavery in the United States. Even though slavery had ended in the United States and African Americans were free, things were not fully concrete quite yet. With the chaotic traditions passed down from generation to generation, miss guided principles and systems in place that made freedom for ex-slaves very difficult to obtain; lead to limited freedom for freedmen. “No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will.”5
Sadly, after numerous signs showing that this “Declaration” was not a cure-all for these serious issues, many believed these rights were just words on a paper (youthforhumanrights.org). Article four of the Declaration states that no person shall be held in slavery or servitude. Most people, when they think of slavery, tend to think of the 1800’s (Universal Declaration of Human Rights). A time when slaves were taken captive, sold in public forums, and where most remained a slave until they died. However, what many are not aware of, is that slavery still exists in our modern world.
Slave were also limited to few social activities and were not allowed to participate in political decisions. Finally, any earnings aquired by slaves by law belonged to their master. Also, slaves were prevented from making their own choices regarding physical reproduction. Western slavery took each of these slave characteristics to a new level and as a result there are many authors who wrote about the evil institution of slavery in the Colonies. American literature is full of authors who describe, condone or oppose slavery, the most informative and influential of whom were Black writers because many were able to give a personal perspective on slavery.
Two slave narratives that are noticed today are “ The Narrative Of Frederick Douglass” written by Douglass himself, and “ The Incidents in the life of a Slave Girl” written by Harriet Jacobs. Both of these works contain the authors own personal accounts of slavery and how they were successfully able to escape. Although their stories end with both Douglass and Jacobs being freed, they share a similar narrative of the horrifying experience of a slave. Frederick Douglass’s narrative unveils a large number of ways in which African Americans suffered under the oppression of slavery. For instance, many slaves including Douglass himself, did not know their own birthdays or much of their own family history.
Still, under the nose of his masters Nat continued on his journey to begin a revolt that would catch the south completely by surprise... ... middle of paper ... ...rt of the civil war. However, as the war progressed it became clear to Lincoln that in order to restore the union slavery would have to be abolished. With the victory over the south and the Thirteenth Amendment, Lincoln successfully outlawed slavery in America. Slavery is a black spot in American history, which only ended when the country broke out into a civil war. Many people fought against the corrupt system but few had as great as of an impact as individuals such as William Lloyd Garrison who, through his abolitionist paper The Liberator may have set this country up for civil war.