The Pros And Cons Of Slavery

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From the beginning of America’s creation, slaves were not seen as people but as property that did not have the given right to reap the benefits of the new world. As a mean of economic gain, the slavery became common with the Atlantic Slave Trade. Ironically, these same individuals who fled Great Britain to escape persecution and oppression came to America to enact the same domination on African slaves. As colonists began to fight their oppressor, they neglected to acknowledge the individuals they were oppressing at the same time; this is evident in the early documents that would establish the United States of America. The preamble of the American Constitution reads, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form…show more content…
Douglass’s accounts of unjust punishments for individuals who killed slaves resemble some of the same sentiments when discussing police brutality today,
“I speak advisedly when I say this,—that killing a slave, or any colored person, in Talbot county [sic], Maryland, is not treated as a crime, either by the courts or the community. Mr. Thomas Lanman, of St. Michael’s, killed two slaves, one of whom he killed with a hatchet, by knocking his brains out. He used to boast of the commission of the awful and bloody deed. I have heard him do so laughingly[…]” (Douglass, pg. 21). 12 Years A Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013), a modern movie based on the written narrative 12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup, conveyed the brutal conditions of blacks during the time of slavery. He is first on a plantation where he is almost hung to death for fighting his overseer back. For hours he is left hanging from a tree with nothing saving his life but the tip of his toes on a stepstool under him in front of other slaves. Northup is then sold and sent to another plantation with a master known for his harsh treatment of slaves. It is here he witnesses a fellow slave, Patsey, become sexually abused by the master and jealously beat by his wife. He is then forced to beat and watch Patsey be beat unconscious by their master in front of the plantation for visiting another plantation to get soap when his wife neglects to give her any. In both examples, harsh punishments were given to the
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