Mary Prince: Raising Awareness By: Gus Gifford Western Civilization PHIL:1033:0A05 1
Mary Prince: Raising Awareness In the early 1800’s, Mary Prince had endured both the emotional and physical pain that most African American woman slaves had experienced. Some would argue that a woman living during this time would deal with more extreme forms of both physical and emotional abuse rather than a man. Mary Prince wanted all of the white community within England, including the abolitionists, and slave masters, to hear of what being a slave was like along with the extreme trials and tribulation’s she had to bear. As an infant, Mary Prince had been sold to Captain Darrell Williams, who gave her as a gift to his granddaughter, Betsey Williams. While growing up, Mary Prince was unaware of the brutality of slavery. She served as a child companion to Betsey through age twelve. Unfortunately, she would later learn the severity it entails. She would then be sold to Captain I--. This would break apart Prince and her mother. Feeling dejected, she includes in her book “whilst listening to the pitiful words of my poor mother, weeping for the loss of her children” (Prince 3). This portrays an unsettling feeling to the reader and the people of England. A mother nurtures, and takes care of the child whilst upbringing.
- Spring '13
- Slavery in the United States, Mary Prince, Anti-Slavery Society