(Douglass, 129) The slave system had mistreated the slaves in variety of ways. But the slave system affected everyone, including people who were and were not involved in it. Although slaves were victimized harshly by slavery, slaveholders and non-slaveholders were also affected by the system. The main way slaves were victimized was being stripped of their identities. They did not know when they were born, how old they were, and did not have any knowledge of their parents or family.
On board Slave Ships-English * Captives on the slave ships were often of poor health from the mental and physical abuse they suffered. When taken on board, they were stripped naked and examined from head to toe, by the captain or surgeon. * The conditions on the ships were appalling. The men were packed together and secured with leg irons. There was no space and everyone was cramped, often having to crouch or lie down.
Between the dirt gathering with the sewage and the bacteria along with the dirty outhouses lead to the spread of diseases and eventually to the demise of some inhabitants. The overall conditions of the tenements waifs and children were near unlivable and were plagued by disease and crime. It
While Aminata is going down into the ship, she finds the living conditions of black people in the dark, stinking place are excessively disgusting; she describes “[their] corridor [is] nothing but a narrow footpath separating the men to [their] left and right. Piled like fish in a bucket, the men [are] stacked on three levels---one just above [her] feet, another by [her] waist and a third level by [her] neck. They [can] not lift their heads more than a foot off the wet, wooden slabs” (Hill 50). Aminata is
Pirates had to live in unsanitary conditions and reeked of disgusting odors. The odors came from rotting food, lack of hygiene amongst the crew, and other reasons. In addition, food and fresh water were scarce. Usually pirates drank rum and beer instead of water. There were also rats, fleas, poisonous spiders, and scorpions on board with the crew.
Life before the Renaissance (pre 1350) was a very unpleasant time. There was a lot of suffering because in the Dark Ages there was constant warfare with others. Not only did the constant warfare make life almost impossible, but also there was a lot of famine, plague and bloodshed. At the worst times, life in the Dark Ages was very rough and miserable and mostly short. This is because most of the time when you had no money you would have been a peasant and life as peasant was inhumane.
When Aminata witnessed the horror of her people “On their rough planks” and how “they had no room to sit.” (Hill 63) Some were lying on their backs, others on their stomachs” (Hill 64), the dehumanizing inequality of the people is clear as they were stripped of their rights to living life rightfully. Solidifying themselves as ultimate, American forces limited hundreds of slaves to a state of mind that left some like Fomba “unspoken, and gone mentally departed.” (Hill 66 ). Aminata Diallo, the main character of the novel was forced to adapt to a language and intellectual freedrom that was limited. “I was never to look a buckra in the eye after he spoke to me, nor act like I knew more than him. It was equally foolish to act stupid” (Hill 124) she was told by Georgia.
A perfect example of this is when Mrs. Auld is told that if Douglass learns he will no longer be useful as a slave, at this time in the book she began to turn very mean and cruel towards her slaves and treating them more like property instead of being somewhat generous as before. Frederick’s family was forced to struggle through the hard times, and had to live a very unusual life, for example: Frederick’s mother was sold to another slave family so it was very hard for Frederick to see his mother, and eventually she passed away when Frederick was seven, although he didn’t seem very effected. Frederick also ends up proving that Covey was extremely two faced by bring up a very valid point, which was owning slaves was unnatural and unchristian like. As for Frederick’s Grandmother, that truly opened his eyes as to how these slave owners really feel about you, regardless as for what you do. She served her masters for years and then when she grew too old to serve them they just tossed her out like a piece of trash and left her for dead.
People in the camps had poor diet, what they usually received were gruel, cornbread and vegetable soup that made from the cheapest vegetables available. Some camps have reported two meals a day while others allowed three. The camps were also infested with many types of pest which would cause severe skin problems and lead to dangerous infections and eventually, causing death. Nevertheless, they were still forced to work even if they were ill. Under these extremely bad circumstances, many of them were driven to insanity and in many cases committed suicide.
In the auction scene slave families were ripped apart from each other. To be sold to different slave holders; Many slave family’s never saw each other again once they were separated. In conclusion I believe that the movie Uncle Tom’s Cabin portrayed most slave holders as ruthless killers, but it also portrayed some slave holders as decent