Consequently, those attem... ... middle of paper ... ...m and slavery are extremely evident throughout history. Yet, the word freedom has been a topic of debate, and for good reason. There are so many different views on what freedom truly defines and what influence it has on our daily lives. Therefore, whites had to accept the fact that African Americans were gaining rights and liberties that once never existed. Those who had a voice within the black movement gave others the courage to go out and work for themselves and their futures, wanting to forget any old sayings making blacks inferior to whites.
While Fredrick Douglass spells it out for the reader, and we can sense the thirst for freedom throughout the story, it is a much more subtle theme in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s’ “The Yellow Wallpaper”. The hero in this short story, is not only fighting for her physical freedom from her controlling husband, but also for a psychological, inner freedom as an individual and as a woman. The differences between the two stories when it comes to freedom are sensitive and delicate, but equal in their significance and merit. The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, An American Slave was written following Fredrick Douglass’ escape from his Maryland slaveholder to New York, and uncovers his story from slave to a free man. The yearning for freedom, liberty and happiness in the face of dehumanization and brutality is evident in every inch and letter.
(13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery)Although slavery was unjust, it led to laws of equality and redefined freedom. Until now, slaves were a major factor in the everyday lives of Americans. However, using slaves for labor and treating them more as objects instead of people became a negative trend set by slave owners. To illustrate how the slaves were previously treated before amendments were made to the constitution, one might ask a previous slave owner to recall a few accounts of abuse. Abuse was more prevalent that one would expect.
This leads to the first reason why Frederick Douglass's life represented the failure of the American dream. 	Being born a free man is no doubt a god given right. And in a country that goes to great troubles to make sure each specific right is spelled out, it would seem obvious that the freedom to belong to yourself was one of those rights. This is why it is so outlandish and hipocrtitical that slavery existed in America. Frederick Douglas was born a slave and shipped around the country just as a piece of property.
The tens of thousands that fought for the British wanted a swift getaway from slavery and that was their way out since the British had already promised them freedom. The other black slaves that fought for the colonies fought to give themselves the opportunity to bid for freedom since the white colonies also wanted freedom from the British. Those slaves that chose to fight for the British had a good cause to betray the American colonies. The American colonies were very contradictive during this time. They wanted liberation from the British and at the same time wanted to keep black people enslaved.
Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and was a leader of the American Enlightenment, however still owned slaves and did not free his slaves. and actually explains from his draft of the Declaration of Independence why at 18th century whites had to own the slaves. He actually blames the King Georg 3 by saying that “he (King Georg 3) has waged cruel war against human nature itself”. He also mentions that King “determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold”. So in my opinion Jefferson had to own the slaves because of presentism and the way how the political system worked back then.
Slave owners knew this. The slaves who were able to read and write always rebelled more against their masters. Frederick Douglass, author of "A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass," and Harriet Jacobs, author of "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," were prime examples. Both slaves had been taught how read and write at a young age, and both gained their freedom by escaping to the northern states. What they had learned also helped them stay free while in the northern states after the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 which left no slave truly free.
Although, clear most of African Americans remained in a bond, the growth of free black communities in America was raised by the War for American to be free. In 1807 everyone had to stop having slaves. “ Soc... ... middle of paper ... ...d to rest. Instruments that they used to punish slaves and keep within limits are: the iron collar,or even slaves chains. But not all states wanted it to be slaves, the Southern states wanted it and the Northern states didn't.
They insisted that slaves were better of free laborers in the North and that blacks were inherently liable to lapse into “barbarism” if freed from the supervision of paternalistic whites” (Foner 217). The United States believed that holding slaves was wrong. However individuals believed that since the bible had slavery why couldn’t the United States. Yes! The bible had slaves but slavery is not right.
"The proprietor of this thing, the mover of this instrument, the soul and the reason of this body, the source of life, was the master" (p.7). Masters also considered their slaves to be inferior and, t... ... middle of paper ... ... Gutman points out, "Slave families were subject to masters decisions and behavior, which might result in the sale and geographic separation of family members" (p.161). Once a slave was purchased their new home and family would be the slave colony they were brought to. Here they would establish new family, identity and friendship. In conclusion, Slavery in American Society is successful in providing critical evidence on the significance of the world the slaves made for themselves.