Slavery As A Moral And Criminality Of A Slave

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Register to read the introduction… It is when we contemplate the slave as a moral and intellectual being can we adequately comprehend the unparalleled enormity of slavery and the intense criminality of the slaveholder” (Bailey 353). One of the most brutal aspects of slavery was the method that slavery was implemented in the lives of Africans. When slaves were young children they were allowed to play with and develop friendships with white children. When the time came slave and white children were divided “into free and chattel- into the blessed and wretched of their Christian world” (7 Oates). At a young age, while still innocent, slaves were condemned to a brutal life of slavery. Slave children began to lose their innocence and began to figure out what the rest of their lives would be like when they began to work. It was during this time when they experienced “the first anguished recognition that I am a slave. It’s not just a word any more. I am really a slave, a piece of property, to be worked and ordered around like a mule” (Oates 21). The alternative to being born into slavery could be a lot more traumatizing. James L. Bradley was between two and three years old when the soul-destroyers tore me from my mother’s arms, somewhere in …show more content…
Slaves were usually sold at auctions. Slaves were never guaranteed staying on one plantation because they could be sold and transported to a different plantation or farm at anytime. Slaves were forced to relocate and leave wherever they lived behind even if that was the only place they had lived. During this time slaves could be separated from their families. Many mother had literally their children ripped out of their arms. When slave owners did not have a use for their slaves they would usually be sold at auctions. These slaves would not be sold in families but individually. This raised the opportunity of slaves could be separated from the only that they had as slaves, their family. One example of this is the heartbreaking tale of a slave mother who was being sold at an auction along with her two children. At some point a buyer came to the auction and offered to buy one of her children. “She besought the man not to buy him unless he also bought herself and Emily. She promised, in that case, to be the most faithful slave that ever lived. The man answered that he could not afford it, and then Eliza burst into a paroxysm of grief, weeping plaintively” (Bailey 354). She repeated these cries over and over. When it was time for her son to go “Eliza ran to him embraced him passionately; kissed him again and again; told him to remember her – all while her tear falling in the boy’s face like rain. (Bailey

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