Slavery In Early American Culture

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The institution of slavery quickly embedded itself in early American culture; originating when a Dutch trader sold twenty slaves to the colony of Jamestown in 1619 to aid with the cultivation of tobacco. America declared Independence from Britain and produced the Declaration of Independence in 1776 with the purpose of declaring that all men were created equal. Did the colonial elites such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, both having owned slaves, truly mean ALL men? Slaves who had long thought their toils infinite and inevitable soon began having different thoughts about the future. As Northeastern America grew the lack of plantations and higher general education led to what many in captivity thought of as a safe haven. The darkness …show more content…
Her mother sold far away and her Father interred in the grave following an unexpected announcement of his death, left Harriet at risk. She relied on her Aunt Martha now. The impact of losing those who loved her so dearly marked the first painful blow to her heart. Now without the protection of her watchful mother and brave father, she became the target of a new slave master, a vile, cunning man named Dr. Flint. He practiced medicine as a wealthy physician well known in the community. The slave community noted the terrible practices the man engaged in with the female plantation workers. The last black woman he had his way with gave birth to a light colored child with a semblance to him. The Doctor promptly put her up for auction when she questioned his promise of giving her everything she wanted. Now, Harriet had become his target, while working as a maid in the house. Not even being fifteen years old yet, her master tried to corrupt her with words of sexual harassment. The harassment changed her demeanor noticeably, causing her to become introverted and much more timid. All the frightening images put in her head preceded threats of murder. The young slave girl constantly feared what Dr. Flint would do next. Living in this state of constant fear caused damage to her relationships, as well as her mental health. As a young girl with no parents she felt alone, often believing death was the only escape

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