Essay on Slave Narratives : A Folk History

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Slave Narratives

When Slavery was first brought to Jamestown in 1619 to help with the harvesting of tobacco, they were discriminated against beyond all odds. Beatings upon beatings for being black, days without food, beds that were made out of straw IF they were lucky were just some of the things most of the slaves had to endure. While most of the slaves were born into slavery rather than being imported from another country, they still, for the most part, got the same treatment. Throughout elementary school, children are taught that slaves were these immigrants that were brought to the United States to work for farmworkers. Unfortunately, it was much more than just that. They were brought here to do the dirty work as white men sat and watched them. The women were treated no better as they had to do the hard work of keeping the house clean and tidy. If the slaves had children, the boys would inherit the working habits and the girls would pick up after their mother. Pulled excerpts from “Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves Vol. IX” depict the living conditions, life, heartache, sadness and happiness that many of the slaves encountered. When taken from their home country, they would have been pulled from their families and had no say in whether they wanted to or not. Leaving in a devastated mood, the slaves were put into the bottom of a slave ship. These slave ships were specifically made for the…

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