Slave Paper

Slave Paper - Sean Faulk Book Response Essay # 1 Hist...

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Sean Faulk Book Response Essay # 1 Hist 1015- 002 “No Justice nor Righteousness in it” Solomon Northup from his own novel Twelve Years a Slave and Celia from Celia, a Slave written by Melton McLaurin, were both products of a morally bankrupt institution. Their lives as slaves had some similarities yet, also many differences that become apparent as each story progresses. Both of these people were humans who were not treated as such; they were constantly coming under physical and emotional harm from their masters; whether it is in the form of rape for Celia or brutal beatings and long work days for Northup. Both Northup and Celia both had there basic rights as humans stripped from them and they both received help from sympathetic whites during their despicable time as slaves; however, Celia did not face as a difficult a situation as Northup as she was a woman and her master treated her as though she was his wife of sorts. No matter what happened during each of these people’s tenures as slaves, one thing remains certain: they were both deprived of something that we take for granted everyday; namely, basic human rights and this is what the worst aspect of slavery was for these unfortunate souls. Both of these stories have quite a few things in common; the main and most obvious common theme of both their stories was that they both were imprisoned as slaves and were spiritually degraded and physically abused. Celia was sexually abused by her "master" who raped her repeatedly and Solomon was physically abused by his "master"
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who regularly whipped him for the slightest offense. As has been mentioned they were both deprived of their basic human rights. However, this not the only common thread between Celia and Northup. Interestingly enough they were both helped by sympathetic white men who went against the social norms of southern white men by taking a stand and attempting to help Celia and Northup. Celia's had her team of lawyers, which included most prominently the capable trail lawyer John Jameson. Jameson worked extremely hard in an attempt to make sure that Celia was given a fair chance in court. He went so far as to even help free Celia from jail so that she would miss her execution and
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