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(Bohls p331) Although she displays empathy for the slaves, they also disgust Nugent. Her continual reference to people of color as blackies is no different from people today calling African-Americans by other inappropriate and offensive names.
In reading Beckford’s account of slavery on the sugar plantations, I have a very different feeling. His, is a story that describes the need for slaves in order to run the sugar plantations. Setting aside my own personal feelings on the issue of slavery, I can begin to recognize the value of slavery during this era. Slavery, as Beckford argues, is no different from a British laborer. I am appreciative that Beckford values the life of a slave and encourages other plantation managers to treat their slaves humanely. (Bohls p296)
Although Beckford’s narrative begins to sound encouraging, I get the sense that he fears abolition and liberation for the slaves. In as much as he advocates for the humane treatment of his laborers, the value of his wealth supersedes the value of a human being. His skewed understanding that setting the slaves free would place Jamaica in a disadvantaged economic state is