Antebellum Slavery Impact

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The Antebellum era in the United States may have been one of the darker times in American history, as its more known as slavery’s higher impact in the United States on how other countries saw the U.S. During the era slave narratives were popularized due to its promotion of anti-slavery that was highly praised in the North side of the United States. These narratives were also seen as a glimpse of how grotesque slavery is in the South. These narratives also added a different point of view to the history of American slavery. Although slavery in the Southern States during the Antebellum era is seen to have no positive effects; its impact on American literature and society acted detrimental to later generations by expanding realism, creating an …show more content…
Douglass was being a realist due to him not attempting to put any sort of bias towards his work. Helping inform the reader about the actions of a slave owner, this narrative showed the Northerners during the Antebellum era how these slave owners didn’t show respect to their slaves rather their sadistic actions were exposed to the public during the early to middle of the nineteenth century. By informing people of the truly harsh life of a slave he provides advances realism by having little to no filter on how slaves were acted upon leading people to change their opinions on …show more content…
Based on the article written by Michael E. Woods, Slave Narratives and the Civil War, he goes on to talk about how slave narratives were massive influence to how people depict the Antebellum era rather than just using slave owners written autobiographies, “For all their disputes, early scholars focused on what masters did to or for their slaves. They paid scant attention to what slaves thought, felt, and did themselves.”(Slave Narratives and the Civil War). In the article Woods mentions how early into the the emancipation on slavery, some scholars gibed and saw these accounts about ex-slaves as bias. Although scholars thought this, over time new scholars soon come to realize the importance of these narratives. New scholars seemed to realize the clique, there’s two sides to every story, and how the slave narratives adding a better view on how American society now sees the Antebellum and Civil

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