Hence, if the Africans could prove they are stolen into slavery, that is if they are from Africa, they have a chance to be free. Roger Baldwin, a young enthusiastic attorney, takes up the cause of representing the interests of Africans in American courtroom. Baldwin and his companions talk to Clinque, African revolt leader, using Covey as a translator. They learn how Clinque and hundreds of other Africans became slaves: he is kidnapped by African slave-hunters and taken to Lomboko slave fortress, an illegal facility in the British protectorate of Sierra Leone and put into the transatlantic slave-ship. Baldwin is able to persuade the judge of illegal slave-trade, using the concealed evidence by Ruiz and Montez, their notebook, and Africans are order to set free.
Over a period of 20 months, using material salvaged from their ship, they built a cabin, found food, rotated cooking duties, nursed one another, made tools, tanned seal hides for shoes, built a bellows and a furnace, made bolts and nails, and then built a boat which they used to sail to safety. Meanwhile, 20 miles away, a Scottish ship led by Captain George Dalgarno went aground and 19 men made it safely to shore. Delgarno became depressed, went “mad”, and the rest of the crew fell into despair, anarchy, and then cannibalism. A sailor named Robert Holding tried to encourage the others to act together to build shelter and find food, but other members of the crew threatened to kill and eat him. After three months, only three men were alive and subsequently rescued.
Burch told Northup that if he were to tell his true story to another person, he would be killed. When he asserted his status as a free man, Burch beat him violently; Northup finally stopped protesting. Northup was transported with other slaves to New Orleans, Louisiana by ship, where he and other enslaved blacks contracted smallpox and some died. He asked a sympathetic sailor to get a message to his family, which the man did, but they did not know how to find him in Louisiana. Northup was sold by Burch's partner in New Orleans to a planter on a bayou of the Red River, and had several different owners during his 12 years as a slave in Louisiana.
In few years later he had to make an emergency trip back over seas and was arrested under false pretence of being a spy and stayed in prison for 3 months. When returning to New York Crevecoeur found his house burned, farm ravaged, children missing and his wife dead. Crevecoeur worked as a solider, farmer and a government official. Besides the well educated similarities the two come from two different types of lives. Crevecoeur seems to have had more life experience behind him.
This meant that even if a slave was brought to a “slave free” state he will remain with his owner since the slave is no more than a bottle of whiskey to sell. The government clearly state that they are obligated to keep it this way for all future. The decision also states that no word in the Constitution gives the congress more power over slave property than any other object. According to the decision, the only power that is given is the power to the slaveholder; he could do what he wanted to protect his property.
Harper’s Ferry, was the first target in Brown’s war for slave liberation. His plan was to steal arms and kill any slave holders. Brown’s whole mission was to end slavery and to let people know that slavery was a sin. Brown leads 21 men to battle and they capture some slave owners, hoping that the slaves would join in and help. They thought wrong and the slaves were no extra help, and no sooner militiamen capture Brown and kill his son.
The final image of Sutpen given by Rosa is that some black man kills him on his plantation. Rosa also asks Quentin to come with her to the old Sutpen mansion, because she thinks someone is hiding out there. Continuing with his stream of consciousness technique, Faulkner has Mr. Compson tell the next few chapters through his memories of Thomas Sutpen. Sutpen was in the Cival War with General Compson, and as the stories have been passed down to Mr. Compson, he is passing the story now to Quentin. In Mr. Copsons version, I learned of Sutpens marriage disaster, his immediate family,his illegitimate child with a slave, and a previous marriage to a woman who was 1/8 black, who bears Sutpen a son, which is his dream, but also his downfall.
The Civil War 1850-1876 In the 1850’s when a white man died they had to sell all o f his slaves. So they would call a big town meeting and set a date for the oxen off the slaves .first they would check their teeth and tell their age and weight. Then the interested buyer would check their back for lash marks. A sign of too many beatings would show that the slave was/is a trouble maker. Each slave goes to the highest bidder.
In both 12 Years a Slave and “Song of Myself”, although black characters are depicted as slaves who are fighting to gain freedom, the film presents a drastically more emotional and surreal depiction of these struggles; the art of film allows for a more gut-wrenching illustration of slavery. 12 Years a Slave is a 2013 film directed by Steve McQueen, it is based on the true story of Solomon Northup and it is an adaptation of his 1853 slave narrative memoir. This film takes place in antebellum United States. In the movie a New York born, free African American is kidnapped in Washington D.C. in 1841 and then sold into slavery. He was offered a substantial amount of money to work with a couple men for two weeks; they proceed to drug him and deliver him to a slave pen.