Elizabeth Freeman Thesis

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Elizabeth Freeman (1742-1829) was a slave of local judge Colonel John Ashley of Sheffield in the state of New York. In her household, she was a victim of brutal physical abuse from her slavemaster’s wife. This would prompt her to plan to escape and search for a new home. Before she ever escaped, Freeman (then referred to as “Bet”) overheard her masters reading aloud an excerpt about freedom from the Massachusetts Constitution. The piece essentially talked of how all men were equal and free. From this, she would be inspired to win her freedom. Escaping was not the only way she rebelled for it. Freeman recognized that she was able to sue for her freedom according to the state constitution. And that is exactly what she did. With the assistance…show more content…
Afterwards, she purchased and moved into a home in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Freeman heroically pursued a goal of hers to escape unbearable circumstances. As she was heavily beaten by her master’s wife, she had to endure a lot of pain, until she had enough and found her way out. Following a huge success, Freeman made history and lived freely to the ripe age of 85. Others in the Black community would look up to her situation, as it was a symbol of hope. Another example of a woman resisting abuse is Mary Prince (1788-1833). Prince was born into an enslaved family, and then sold to a number of brutal masters. At one point, she was able to travel to England with her slavemaster. There, she had the chance to escape and become free, yet this would only apply in Britain. She would go on to fight for her international freedom and join movements. Such movements included the Anti Slavery Society. She also was able to publish her autobiography, The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian…show more content…
She recalled the psychological and physical trauma that masters inflicted onto their slaves. Prince also mentioned her own experiences of this sort with her mistress. She stressed that her masters made her realize that she was not in charge of her own body, yet they were. She would endure harsh beatings from both her master and mistress. Therefore, her autobiography would bring awareness to this brutality. Maria Prince expressed her stance against the power and domination of white (slave owner) men against the impotent slave women. Her experiences highlighted and provided readers with all the wrong that was happening on most plantations. Therefore, her book highly contributed to the movements she participated in. It brought attention to the horrid lifestyles of the plantations. She was also the first black woman to do so through a book: her autobiography. Her actions highly influenced her life, as well as the lives of others. The final example of bravery and resistance is a slave woman by the name of Celia. She had

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