Essay on Harriet Tubman And The Civil War Era

902 Words Sep 26th, 2016 4 Pages
In schools, we have been taught that African Americans were slaves for the white superiority in the pre-civil war era. It is true that being enslaved was the destiny for many African Americans during that time, however, “being enslaved” is not the be confused with “being a slave”. Doing hard work for extensive hours of time, the African American people lived harsh lives, and whether being captured or born into slavery, escaping slavery was not easy. Nonetheless, some managed to do so, and even help others in their pursuit of freedom. One was Harriet Tubman who played a big role in the Underground Railroad helping fugitives escape slavery.
So what is a slave? When looking up the definitions of a slave, words like “device”, “owned” and “property” will show up (cite). These are all words that could be used to describe an object or a thing, and most importantly something that is non-human. This being the case, the word “slave” emphasizes that the people who were called slaves were not human. On the contrary, when you look up “enslaved”, you see that the word is an adjective, and describes a condition more than a goal state. Being enslaved means you are a human-being in a certain situation where you are a victim. An important contrast between being a slave and being enslaved, is that being a slave, makes you an object, whereas being enslaved means you are objectified. This difference in phrasing is important because it has something to do with how the enslaved people understood…

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