The Unique Experience of Women Slaves

analytical Essay
1348 words
1348 words

Women slaves were subject to unusually cruel treatment such as rape and mental abuse from their master’s, their unique experience must have been different from the experience men slaves had. While it is no secret that the horrors of the institution of slavery were terrible and unimaginable; those same horrors were no big deal for southern plantation owners. Many engaged in cruelty towards their slaves. Some slave owners took particular interest in their young female slaves. Once caught in the grips of a master’s desire it would have been next to impossible to escape. In terms of actual escape from a plantation most women slaves had no reason to travel and consequentially had no knowledge of the land. Women slaves had the most unfortunate of situations; there were no laws that would protect them against rape or any injustices. Often the slave that became the object of the master’s desires would also become a victim of the mistress of the household. Jealousy played a detrimental role in the dynamic the enslaved women were placed within. Regardless of how the slave felt she could have done little to nothing to ease her suffering. Many plantation owners were men that wanted their plantation ran in a particular manner. They strove to have control over all aspects of their slaves’ lives. Stephanie Camp said, “Slave holders strove to create controlled and controlling landscapes that would determine the uses to which enslaved people put their bodies.” Mary Reynolds was not a house slave, but her master’s daughter had a sisterly love towards her, which made the master uncomfortable. After he sold Mary he had to buy her back for the health of his daughter. The two girls grew apart after the daughter had white siblings of her own. Mary wa... ... middle of paper ... ...l Association) 68, no. 3 (August 2002): 533-572. Jacobs, Harriet. Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl. 2nd Edition. Edited by Pine T. Joslyn. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, INC., 2001. Keckley, Elizabeth. Behind The Scenes. New York: G.W. Carleton & Co., Publishers. Reynolds, Mary. The American Slave. Vol. 5, by Che Rawick, 236-246. Westport , Conneticut: Greenwood Press, Inc, 1972. Smith, Amanda. An Autobiography: the story of the Lord's dealings with Mrs Amanda Smith, the colored evangelist: containing an account of her life work of faith, and her travels in America, England, Ireland, Scotland, India, and Africa, as an independent missionary/ with an introduction by Bishop Thoburn, od India. Chicago, Illinois: Meyer & Brother, 1893. Whilden, Ellen Ann. Life of Maumer Juno, of Charleston, S.C. . Atlanta, Georgia: Foote & Davies, Printer And Binders, 1892.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that women slaves were subjected to unusually cruel treatment such as rape and mental abuse from their master's.
  • Analyzes how plantation owners strove to have control over all aspects of their slaves' lives. mary reynolds, harriet jacobs, elizabeth keckley, maumer juno, and others were punished for their mistakes.
  • Analyzes how harriet jacobs was tasked with avoiding the sexual advances of her master. she valued her morals and detested everything he stood for.
  • Explains that not every slave woman was in danger of being mentally or sexually abused in that way.
  • Analyzes how elizabeth keckley was forced to take care of her master's baby when she accidentally dropped it. she was beaten, and the psychological effect of having to raise the child was terrifying.
  • Opines that no form of slavery is ideal but certain circumstances made some slaves' situation worse than others. elizabeth keckley had a mixed experience.
  • Describes berry, ramey daina, and a. alford deleso's encyclopedia of enslaved women in america.
  • Cites camp, stephanie, "the pleasures of resistance: enslaved women and body politics in the plantation south.
  • Explains that jacobs, harriet, incidents in the life of a slave girl, 2nd edition.
  • Describes reynolds, mary, the american slave, vol. 5, by che rawick.
  • Narrates the story of the lord's dealings with mrs amanda smith, the colored evangelist, and her travels as an independent missionary.
  • Narrates the life of maumer juno, of charleston, s.c., in foote & davies, atlanta, georgia, 1892.
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