The Atlantic Slave Trade Question: How does the absence of humanitarian concerns influence the treatment of slaves during the slave trade? Neglecting humane feelings is what influenced the terrible and horrid treatment to slaves during the slave trade. From beatings and whippings to breaking their bones, slaves were treated and considered inferior for no reason. After reading the documents, certain ones pointed out the outcomes of the absence of humanity. Document 7 reveals how these punishments were horrid and fear causing.
She saw first- hand what it was like to have slaves and how they were treated negligently. In this short story, Armand is a cruel slave owner who takes his anger towards Désirée and the baby out on his slaves. Chopin described Armand as having “the very spirit of Satan” when he dealt with them. He looks at his baby and sees the ancestry of a black person. To him, the baby is tainted which makes his family and marriage impure.
The enslaved weren’t allowed to know their name or even their own family. The only thing that they need to know was how to obey their master. Douglass’s old master, Mr. Auld, told Douglass learning how to read and right only ruins a slave. He said that educating a slave will only make them unmanageable and unhappy. Frederick Douglass tells his life story through his autobiography, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
“Farmer James” expresses, “While all is joy, festivity, and happiness in Charles-town, would you imagine that scenes of misery overspread in the country? Their ears by habit are become deaf, their hearts are hardened; they neither see, hear, nor feel for the woes of their poor slaves, from those painful labors all their wealth proceeds” (Baym 606). His descriptions of the conditions of slaves in Charles-Town show that he is uncomfortable with the treatment of these people and the way that they were ripped from their native land to endure hardships for the American people. Crevecoeur expresses his anti-slavery opinions through his illustrative connections between slavery and Charles-Town’s luxurious society. To support Crevecoeur’s anti-slavery stance, he attempts to
Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world” (160). Even though the treatment of slaves is a horrendous, thing genocide of almost an entire human race exceeds what some slave owners did or even though about doing. Arendt describes the excruciating torture Jews, Blacks,
Ignorance to the truth and ignorance to other people’s sufferings are very harmful to our humanity. Also, I was under the impression that the civil war was caused by the North’s attempt to free the black slaves. It is surprising to learn that no attempt was made to free the salves in the beginning of the war. Frederick Douglass was a hero to all slaves for convincing the president to emancipate them. The treatment of slave is worse than I previously thought.
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).
Slaves were provided bad living conditions and less food. They were forced to work in harsh environmental conditions without taking proper rest. They were treated very badly and were used to whip by their owners without any reason. Overall life of slaves was very bad and in trouble because of their owners. According to Northup, the persons who defend the slavery considered the slaves as their personal property because they have bought those slaves and have paid for those slaves.
“That he was the rightful owner of his body?” he stated. They could not read or write; they were beaten to death. Mr. Douglas made a very strong point that slavery was wrong. He told us, “Must I argue that a system, thus marked with blood and stained with pollution, is wrong?” Mr. Douglas made a very strong impact on the people listening to his speech that day. He closed with this, “There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody, then are the people of these United States, at this hour….” I think independence means that you have the right to do what you would like to and fulfill your liberties.
Few people brought attention to the evil and immorality of slavery like Frederick Douglass. In his autobiographical narrative, A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Douglass described the effect that slavery had on not only slaves, but also slave-owners. “That cheerful eye, under the influence of slavery, soon became red with rage” (Douglass 160), wrote Douglass in reference to his slave-owner’s wife, Mrs. Auld. What was a moral lady with a sense of conscience at first, was now a “demon” deprived of it. Slavery gave owners and white men a false sense of superiority, a sense of power, which blinded any vision of justice and equality.