Slaves during the antebellum period were treated fairly poorly, especially in the Deep South. To varying extents, depending on their master(s), culture, and environs, slaves were physically and verbally abused on a daily basis. Slaves were often beaten and whipped for any ‘offences’ the master(s) felt they needed to punish; and some were even to death. Additionally, slave women (and girls) were often sexually abused by their masters, bearing countless mulatto children fathered by their masters; and despite this fact, many slaveholders kept these children, their own blood, slaves. As they were largely considered and treated as property, large numbers were constantly separated and sold at auctions. Slaves’ chances of being freed were slim to none, allowing the vicious cycle of slavery to continue in the south. Besides being released by a gracious master’s will, their only hope of being free was to either run away or save up enough money to buy themselves and their loved ones. In spite of this, even ...
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...wer struggle between state and federal rights, the varying interpretations of the 10th amendment, and the ‘Slave Power’ conspiracy taking hold in the North. The North only fought against the institution to secure the common white man’s standing, believing that slavery would otherwise spread shaping the whole country into the South. The Union’s battles weren’t fought for the sake of racial equality; nay, they were fought, at least for the vast majority, to ensure America would remain a ‘white man’s land.’
In conclusion, while the work is clearly biased and fairly one-sided (all to be expected from a former slave), it does provide insight into slavery and the thoughts and attitudes towards the institution during that time. Finding an account from a former slave, much less a female, during that time was extremely rare, giving the reader a new perspective on the matter.
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