3. Using examples from throughout the book discuss the oppression of the slave institution.
Most slave owners were to be known as heartless. They treated their slaves as if they were not human beings. Slave owners did not care much for their slaves, as long as they obeyed. When a slave did not do as told they were harshly punished physically. Although slaves feared their owners and tried to avoid being punished many still tried to escape, for many different reason. Slaves were constantly burned, frozen, and whipped to death. Anything what the slave owner could think of to put the slave in pain was done. For example, on page 43-44 of Incidents of a Slave Girl, Brent talks about the torture of a run-away. The slave had been whipped severely and ran off into the woods to save himself from further infliction… but was eventually caught and punished. The slave eventually died but “Nobody asked any questions. He was a slave; and the feeling was that the master had a right to do what he pleased with his own property. And what did he care for the value of a slave? He had Hundreds of them.” Slaves were hardly fed well or given a good place to rest,