Stand Up! As we look throughout history, one could argue, that we couldn’t find a more appalling and unjust act as that of slavery. Slavery played a major part of not only history but of an innumerable amount of American people. In David Walker’s “Appeal in Four Articles” and Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”, two men of African American descent struggle with the reality of slavery and the cruel results and effect it had on people like themselves. Walker was a free black man living in Boston who had a unique view of slavery.
He first stated to pit the different aspects of a black slave against another black slave; old black male vs. young black male, light skin slaves vs. dark skin slaves, female vs. male and vice versa in all the situations stated. He also suggested that the slave master have white servants and overseers, who distrust all Blacks. But after doing so, he still felt as though it was of importance for their slaves to trust and depend on their slave masters. He felt the slaves must love, respect and trust only US gentlemen. This was going to be the slave masters’ successor to control.
Frederick Douglass also wrote a book "The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass" which is also a great example of what slaves had to go through every day, confined to slavery. Booker didn't approve of the idea of slavery because he believed that everyone was equal. In the 1895 Atlanta Compromise speech which Booker T. Washington delivered, he told the President and gentlemen of the board of directors and citizens that "[they could] be sure in the future, as in the past, that [they] and [their] families will be surrounded by the most patient, faithful, law-abiding, and unresentful people that the world has seen." He believed that if America gave freedom to the slaves, that if the blacks and whites could work together and "cast down [their] bucket among [his] people, helping and encouraging them as
The blacks were treated in an inhumane style, receiving violent beating and extreme manual labour for many hours of the day, minimum amounts of food and poor living conditions. In 1861, the war against Slavery in America began. After 4 years of fighting between the Northern and Southern States of America that left of 600,000 dead, the Northern states had defeated the Southern states that had been fighting for slavery and their own secession. After becoming victorious, the Northern states and the President declared slavery to be abolished in America. However, even after its abolishment, blacks were still kept in slavery and were treated poorly and unequal to other, white Americans.
Later, Douglass does get to use his acquired literacy to write his own pass with the “protections” that he drafts, which act as a sort of forged contract, permitting him to go north, where he could live in freedom (page 51). Despite the protections’ failure, Douglass’s literacy eventually allowed him to be an effective, eloquent abolitionist following his escape. Douglass also took it upon himself to ensure fair treatment by his masters. He refused to be mistreated by his social superiors, especially evidenced by his fight with Mr. Covey.
The book opens in the year 1873, after the Civil War when everyone is trying to forget about slavery, the middle passage, the slave plantations and the physical and emotional destruction that accompanies slavery. The Middle Passage was a systematic process of capturing Africans for the purpose of forcing them to work in the Americas. These slaves were transported to slave factories and were held captive against their will. During the period prior to the American Civil War, and the subsequent abolishment of slavery, slaves were sold from one white man to the next and their worth could be expressed in terms of money. This system of slavery was a system of oppression.
Illiteracy was high among slaves, mostly due to white owner’s fear of education leading slaves to revolt. Those who were capable of reading and writing made use of newspapers, poetry, pamphlets, and other forms of literature to spread their message. Not only slaves, but abolitionists of all kinds used this method and some of the most famous anti-slavery publications were made available thanks to them. Two famous anti-slave narratives are Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, penned by Douglass himself and Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, like most other slave narratives was written by a former slave himself, however Uncle Tom’s Cabin was written by a white abolitionist and a woman.
However, a higher education is something that everyone does not see as a necessity. People feel that education is not the only way to achieve success. With this in mind, I present the idea that education has two different spectrums. Should education be a requirement or should education be a privilege? There is a point, once the basics are taught to a person that their formal education can end.
You are becoming more independent. A fifth reason why some people is fail are they do the work but they don’t understand It and they don’t want to ask for help. Asking for help will even raise you’re grade for participation. And getting the help brings you’re grade up. Choosing not to fail and trying NOT to fail is a big part of you’re life because school gets you where you need/want to go.
Slave narratives are inherently painful readings. The reliving of the authors time in slavery often preceded by a piece by a white man giving authenticity to the tail of escape, also of religious redemption. Beloved adheres to the traditional slave narrative in some aspects, and in some aspects it strays the complete opposite way. One of the first things we as readers are presented with in Beloved is the theme of pain. “124 was spiteful, filled with baby venom”.