How to Be Nigga Essay

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After the Fact-“The View from the Bottom Rail” Parambir Bajwa 1. Slaves all reacted in different ways. Some slaves were skeptical of what the Northerners intentions were, some remained loyal to their owners, some had been led to believe that Northerners were monstrous creatures by their owners, and some gladly joined the Northerners. It is entitled The View from the Bottom Rail because slaves occupied the lowest level of America’s social and economic scale. 2. Slaves being freed ranks as one of the major events in American History. The difficulties of getting the Freedman’s viewpoint were that it was bias and that it was not entirely true. In the decade of the 1970’s the increasing interest of historians was the study of slavery and slave history, civil rights, slave culture, challenges slaves had when freed, early freed slave life, and the civil war. Specific obstacles blacks faced were that there was still a lot of racism towards them, it was extremely hard to get a job, job conditions for blacks were extremely rough, there was till segregation and slavery still existed. 6. The Southerners had to work at very low wages or nothing at all and the conditions were horrible. Many slaves chose to simply go back to their original owners who paid them very low wages but slaves kept the same work. 4. This was because there was still widespread racism towards blacks. Many employers would not dare give jobs to slaves because it might reduce the amount of customers they got. Also education was not yet available for blacks. What school they did have was not significant because it taught nearly nothing. When a freed slave would get a job, they would be forced to very hard work for barely any money. The interview with Susan Hamlin was an interview of a slave who was generally reserved about how bad slavery was. The account was a benign view of slavery,

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