They later sold him to the white mans slave trade. Equiano was very apprehensive because he did not know what was going on. He was forced to endure the foul, harsh, and clamorous environment of the slave ship to America. He watched family being separated as they were sold like sheep, and he knew this could not be right. Douglass, on the other hand, was born in American slavery but all the same endured the pain of being beaten and degraded.
Impacts of Enslavement Explained by Frederick Douglass A slave by the name of Frederick Douglass describes his account of enslavement from his early childhood to his traitorous escape. The reprobate and irresponsible power that slaveholders command over their slaves has a pernicious effect on the master’s intellect. Although both parties suffer psychological trauma, the slaves alone endure extreme physical brutality. Some masters indirectly allow their slaves too many opportunities to idealize freedom, therefore, spoiling them. Frederick Douglass exemplifies the will to be independent through rebellious and spontaneous behavior that drives his quest for literacy.
It had gotten so bad to the point when the saltwater slaves had defining characteristics, which widen the gap between slaves born in New World versus the slave travelling to the New World. The slaves travelling to the New World had limited access and options in the new society. They were denied of the simplest human rights but also alienated from any kinship or community to the point where it was defined as “social annihilation” (Smallwood 60-61). Not only was there a disconnection among the two societies, but also psychological impact f the Middle Passage. The journey of cargo of slaves for transatlantic journey and cramming as many human beings into one small space brought about alienation.
Even under kind masters, slaves suffer, however, most of them try to find a relief in God. Christian theology is fundamentally incompatible with slavery, but it makes slaveholders more sensitive and provides a safe haven for slaves. In contradiction to circumstances presented above, the Legree plantation is the place, where the evil of slavery appears in its most naked and hideous form. Slaves suffer beatings, sexual abuse, and even murder in this harsh and barbaric setting. If slavery is wrong in the best of cases, in the worst of cases it is a nightmare and very inhuman.
Simon Legree, the novel’s antagonist slave driver, became the archetypal Southern figure for whom Northerners felt much contempt. Northerners, relying much more on industry than agriculture, had for a long time been against slavery as a violation of human rights and as a waning economic practice overdue to become obsolete in the United States. Uncle Tom’s Cabin intensified these ideas through its emotional portrayal of black slaves as sufferers to evil white men.
The book is written about 1950’s but set way back earlier-about 1930’s. This influence the way people were like-violent and disrespectful to black people. It is because America was having a tough time-slave trade which made black people to be forced to leave their homes and go to work for white people who would keep them in terrible conditions. Slaves wouldn’t have any rights to say a word because they were called ‘disgrace’ and they are not accepted as the same level as white people. ‘Maycomb was an old town’ because everybody knew what was happening at the time, therefore gossip about Thomas Robinson would spread as fast as light.
He was particularly not very fond of Thomas Jefferson, who he thought to be a racist. In his “Appeal in Four Articles” we can detect the tone and seriousness in his voice right away. This is obviously not a topic he takes lightly. He blasts the institution of slavery right away when he says, “But we, (coloured people) and our children are brutes!! and of course are and ought to be slaves to the American people and their children forever“ ( Walker 792).
Before Reconstruction, slavery was the focal point of culture in the South. Slavery allowed the economy to thrive and social classes to be widespread. Also, a bitter hatred sparked by racism and feelings of superiority over the African Americans caused years of turmoil and injustice. After defeat in the Civil War, many Southerners’ hatred rose to a new level. Government’s efforts to prevent racist dissent proved futile: the government, itself, promoted segregation in public areas.
The documentary that I chose to watch was the first part of the series Slavery in America titled “Downward Spiral.” The setting takes place in the early 1600’s, and it tells many different stories about the hardships that enslaved people had to endure. The documentary was unique, because it allowed us to see into the lives of slaves, which was at times was hard to watch. It captured the way slavery in America began, and how greed and the want for fast growth brought forth the inhumane treatment of African slaves. It also described how slavery was the beginning of racial discrimination in our country. However, at the end of the documentary, we were reminded of how much hope and strength these poor people had regardless of their horrible experiences.
The reason being that it was risky to kidnap Africans and there were consequences. The crew risked getting killed by the natives, and sometimes the slaves from this vessel would be sold to another slaver, leaving the captain with no profits. During these times of gathering the slaves aboard the ship, it was not orderly and kind. The crewmembers abused the slaves and did not tell them where they were going. However, the slaves did not go without a fight.