Present Day Slaves In America Today

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Are we present day slaves in America today? Slavery was a common thing in American Colonies. Slaves were people(African Americans for the most part) held to service labor. The slavery era ruined the lives of many families and individuals. Slavery victimized the slaves themselves, the slave holders, and the non slave holding whites. Slaves were number one in victimization. The Slaves worked long hard days for no money at all. Slaves hardly ever had any free time most of their lives were devoted to their masters. The slaves had little to no values, they had no family. They saw the world completely different from how the whites saw their world. Slaves were stripped, stripped of their own personal Identity. Slaves did not know when, where they…show more content…
Most masters had to learn how to become a slave owner, they had to learn the system, which most of the time meant that one must become a person of evil doing. Being a slave owners turned a good person into a bad person. A master was not allowed to be kind to his/her slave. They were not allowed to tech the slave anything or let them do as they pleased. “Master Hugh was amazed at the simplicity of his spouse, and, probably for the first time, he unfolded to her the true philosophy of slavery, and the peculiar rules necessary to be observed by masters and mistresses, in the management of their human chattels.” (Douglass, 95). Masters thought that by giving a slave education that they would probably be out smarted and then find a way to take advantage of the privileges that they are given. “ To use his own words, further, he said, “if you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell;” “he should know nothing but the will of his master, and learn to obey it.” “if you teach that nigger—speaking of myself—how to read the bible, there will be no keeping him;” “it would for- ever unfit him for the duties of a slave;” and “as to himself, learning would do him no good, but probably, a great deal of harm—making him disconsolate and unhappy” (Douglass,
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