The Slave Trade Chapter 1 Summary

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Chapter 1: The author depicts the relationships between slaves and their masters in Kentucky. Outside characters like the slave trader help the reader identify with the economic and social issues that inundate slavery and southern living.

Chapter 2:. As depicted in chapter two, slaves are not permitted to marry, and some masters even prohibit their slaves from succeeding in factories to force them to “know their place.” Slaves who are treated poorly by their masters often lose their faith and struggle to find meaning in life.

Chapter 3: Some slaves lose their faith in what they call “the cruel world they live in” because their masters deprive them of basic respect, rights (like marriage), and happiness. This causes slaves to risk escaping
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The escaped slaves simply want to be free from the country they find corrupt and, sometimes feel, are not a part of and in turn feel that Canada is the only place within reach of being suitable for them.

Chapter 12: The Slave trade is seen in many different ways, but the arguments are most commonly debating the ideas of the slave trade separating families, the morality of humans participating in the slave trade, and the morality in alignment with the Christian faith of many slave traders. Some owners were simply formed to be cold hearted by the way the society had always run, and they did not flinch at the sorrow or suicide of a slave after separation from a family member, but simply saw it as a lost investment.

Chapter 13: Quakers were very sympathetic towards slaves, but they did not simply put themselves at risk for the slaves only. They put themselves at risk by helping the slaves because they did it in the name of
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The author is trying to show that the cruel system of slavery is what creates immoral blacks, and the only way to help the abolition movement is to not simply teach as a duty of a christian, but teach to help the slaves because humans should simply love each other.

Chapter 21: The idea of women holding higher moral standards than many men is very prominent, and is shown by women willing to, according to men, “degrade herself” to make a moral decision to keep a promise to a former slave. Chapter 22: The theme of child innocence becomes very distinct and the author is truly trying to display how no one is born with racist beliefs, but only learns them over time. The author is persuading the audience to relate and support a young christian girl preaching morality than a petty woman who preaches brutality and claims blacks are not even fit to be called human.

Chapter 23: Often the debate over brutality versus morality in slavery causes dispute and this idea is further manifested when a slave receives a penny for his work from his owner, but gratitude in love from his owner’s cousin in which the slave appreciate the love beyond

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