Notable characters in the novel who exemplify this are George Shelby and Augustine St. Clare, Senator Bird, and Ophelia St. Clare. All of these characters mirrored actual people from that time period. George and Augustine are the typical moral slave owners, plantation owners who knew that permitting slavery is immoral but were unwilling to do anything about it. Senator Bird is a typical northern politician of the time period, a politician who personally felt slavery is evil but still voted for a fugitive slave law. Ophelia is a typical northern abolitionist who, despite wanting emancipation, harbored prejudices against blacks herself.
She discusses the story in a unique way because she changes its point of view; helping the audience gain a new perspective of the issue. “I would rather drudge out my life on a cotton plantation, till the grave opened to give me rest, than to live with an unprincipled master and a jealous mistress” (Jacobs 84). Jacobs’ story speaks out to me because she addresses an audience of people that slavery should have been stopped. She tells a story about how traumatizing the life of an enslaved black female can be. She tries to gain sympathy for what she has been through.
His behavior and outlook on life are influenced by how his mother raises him. In Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “Everything that Rises Must Converge”, Julian and his mother maintain conflicting personal views surrounding the status of African-Americans in 1960’s society. Mrs. Chestny closely associates herself with the time period of plantations and slaves but says that she “can be gracious to anybody” (O’Connor 1017). Julian, on the other hand, believes his mother is a flat-out racist and almost feels the need to apologize to African-Americans for his mother’s behavior and attitude. Despite these clashes of perspective, the main conflict between mother and son derives from Julian’s inability to put his pride aside, accept the sacrifices his mother made for him, and move on from his lack of success in the real world.
Slaves had resisted their being traded since slavery had started. Adding to this, slaves had been inspired by the many people that had led the major slave revolutions like in Barbados, Demerara and Jamaica. The revolutions shocked the British Government and made them start to understand that the costs keeping the trade were too high. Eventually that led to the abolition of the slave trade because the plantation owners and the traders started to understand and accept the abolition rather than having a large world war which was what it could have come to if the abolition hadn’t taken place. Some slaves resisted in passive ways against the trade and slavery.
In my opinion, the narrative was very well written and it was a great resource when learning about the lives of slaves. Douglass’s Narrative shows how white slaveholders continue slavery by keeping their slaves ignorant. At the time Douglass was writing, many people believed that slavery was a natural state of being. Slave owners keep slaves ignorant of basic facts about themselves, such as their birth date or who their parents were. This ignorance robs children of their natural sense of individual identity.
During the time that Stowe had written this book, the North and the South were split culturally that had seemed that they were two different nations. Stowe used persistent irony in exposing the moral hypocrisies of slave trading. The first few chapters act upon the main themes of the book. The book emphasizes on how slavery is evil, but also talks about feminism and the religion aspects. Stowe uses women in the book to state points about slavery but she never lets them gain full authority over any situation.
History Assessment Source A is a very descriptive account from Elizabeth Eckford herself about her thoughts of the event. It portrays the pure hatred for the blacks from the whites due to the negative choice of vocabulary however, as Elizabeth Eckford is coloured and therefore on the ‘black side’ it seems to be a little over-exaggerated maybe as an attempt to gain more publicity from the media. Not only does Elizabeth refer to the word “mob” during the text meaning a large disorderly crowd but she mentions the harsh insults said to her. Again, talking about the insults could be to create sympathy helping increase the idea that whites were savages and needed to be sorted rather than the blacks. On the other hand, Elizabeth seems to be genuinely scared and helpless.
“Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege” In Peggy McIntosh’s essay, she addressed several issues that are considered to be very important ones. She speaks of how whites are given hidden privileges, yet they don’t even realize it. I believe that the purpose for her writing this, was to bring out in the open the issues of oppression with regards to the dominant race and their “unearned privileges” that they are so oblivious to. McIntosh compared this situation to how men are more privileged and advantaged, and women are at a more disadvantaged state. In comparison, she also stated that men do indeed admit to a woman’s disadvantage, yet a man will not agree to being more advantaged, because they too are oblivious to this fact.
Then, in Equiano’s case, he wants people to see the cruel side of slavery and for people to join the abolitionists. Rowlandson and Equiano have similar purposes as illustrated by the way in which they relate their experiences to their readers. Rowlandson states in her story that the Indians were terrible, viscous creatures because they bury her daughter ( ). Equiano too does the same thing in very persuasive writing making people think he has a much miserable time than he really does; for example, Equiano has an owner who he thinks is more of as family than as owner ( ). Rowlandson’s narrative is written around the time of the French-Indian War.
‘…a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just” (Document 1, Thomas Jefferson Wrestles with Slavery, 1785, 388). They assumed that the ruthless behavior and unholy operations for the practice of slavery would unleash the wrath of the Heavens upon them as a consequence of their inhumane actions. The abolition of slavery occurred as the government abolished laws.