Thomas Jones wrote a record of his experience being enslaved for forty-three years, beginning at age eight. Born into slavery, he only got to spend nine years of his life at the same plantation as his parents. His mother and father did everything they could to make life for him and his five siblings a little easier and more bearable for the little time they had. They protected them as much as they could but they lived in constant fear of the day where their children would be taken from them and sold off to “the dreaded slave-trader”. Jones claimed slave parents devoted so much time to cherishing their children because they were the only important thing they had in life, other than...
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...her’s smiles were decreed to welcome me—no maternal words to soothe my pains, no kind and long known home to yield me sustenance and repose—naught but the clanking chains of slavery—the roof of a stranger, and my own sad reflections were meted out to me.”
A disturbing time period in history, the interstate slave trade spanned nearly 70 years, and in this time, countless families were ripped apart and human beings were sold like cattle for a pittance. The background of the business deals and the way slave were held captive like prisoners before auction was an abomination. The slave trade was a traumatizing event for those who were not functioning on the business side of the trend. Not only did African Americans have to endure this lifelong servitude to their Caucasian counterpart but the abuse and deprivation of basic human rights tied right into their transactions.
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