Slavery Essay

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Aricka Reyes Professor Marshall History 109 28 October 2008 The Life of a Slave During the 1800’s Slavery was a very important effect during the 1800’s. Many slave owners believed that slavery was the main source of obtaining more wealth. Slave owners also had in mind that with the more slaves they posses the further they would be able to plant and grow. Which in fact slave owners were not wrong, the more slaves they had on their plantations the extra they will be able cultivate each year. However, at one point slavery was abolished in one side were as in the other side it was still approve. Certain slaves did not have a great life they were not being treated as they deserve. Slaves were often hurt, not given enough food and were being separated from their loved ones. Where as other slaves were living lives with a little bit more freedom and benefits. For instance some of the slaves had the opportunity to have families, their own plantations, and provide their children with education. In the book Uncle Toms Cabin, Voices of the American Past, and on Liberty, Equality, Power a History of the American People slavery was somehow followed under the same idea. Blacks were considered slaves, they did not have enough rights, and they were considered less than whites (3/5 of a person). In conclusion slaves lived different lives, some slaves suffered more than other slaves and other slaves did not suffer at all. In the book Uncle Toms Cabin we were able to find many important facts that explained the lives of slaves more in detail. Slaves were unfortunately able to be separated from their loved ones without them having the capacity to do nothing. Slaves had to do what ever their master wished. However, as it was read in Uncle Tom’s cabin that there were also a couple of masters whom believed that families were not to be separated from each other. As Mr. Shelby

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