Slaves' Perspective Essay

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Slaves' Perspective

This essay will attempt to answer four questions that will give us a better understanding of what the slaves themselves thought about the peculiar institution of slavery. The four questions being: 1) How did slaves feel about their masters and /or mistresses? 2) How did slaves feel about their work? Their families? Their religion? 3) How did they feel about freedom? 4) How did slaves feel about themselves? How did slave feel about their masters and /or mistresses? The masters/mistresses are both described as being good and bad, depending on the individual master/mistress. Most of the literature supported the idea that these individuals were cruel, disrespectful, inhumane and even indirectly associated
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Although, despite the few good owners the majority lived up to what was said about them. How did slave feel about their work? In source 19 the poem or song talks about how they put the food of the table of the white man by raising the wheat and peeling the hog. The scraps that were left over was what they received for their hard work. They understood that what they were doing was only to benefit their owners. How did they feel about their families? They were very family oriented despite the fact that most of them were separated from their biological family. They developed families within the community they lived. The slaves had their own unions that supported and took care of the members within that union. These communities or unions were their families. How did they feel about religion? The slave owners attempted to discourage the slaves from worshiping god or any religion. They would tell the slaves that they were no better than animals. That when they died they were gone. There was no heaven for them, so it was no use in praying. Regardless of the all the nonsense the white were feeding the slaves. They believed full hearted that God was a part of their souls. Some believed that the Lord would someday set them free. Countless prayers, and hymns evolved from this deep spiritual belief. How did they feel about freedom? This word freedom is one of the most powerful words ever spoken during this time. The drive to achieve freedom was on every

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