Hi251 slavery

Hi251 slavery - Brian Wilson 11/7/07 Brewer HI 251 Living...

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Brian Wilson 11/7/07 Brewer HI 251 Living in America today, we often times take for granted the unbelievable opportunities and luxuries handed to us each and every day. We go on with our lives, never really stopping to look back at the sacrifices made through out America’s relatively short past to get us to where we are now. Through out this course, I have found myself drifting back to this thought, about all that has happened prior that’s lead to exactly where I am today. Each piece of history fits together perfectly, to form the picture that is today. One particular piece of this puzzle that really captured my imagination was the issue of slavery. It is the single most repulsive and shameful thing this nation has ever been responsible for. However, without it, the puzzle wouldn’t be complete; leaving a massive hole where slavery and its effects have shaped our nation. After having looked back at all of this, the one question that I really wanted answered was “What effect did white men and their ways initially have on African slaves that left a defining mark upon them and their views of the white man during the course of slavery and eventual emancipation?” I have sought to answer this question through use of early American writings and tried my best to pick apart the articles for the true answer. Ones attitude can have a tremendous effect on the outcome of about any situation. The attitude that the Englishmen and other captors took toward the Africans is historical proof of this. They came into Africa with such force and aggression that even the strongest of Africans thought twice about trying to fight back. Obviously they had weapons never before seen in this part of the world, but I believe that their biggest
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advantage in taking so many Africans into enslavement was their demeaning talk, physical assault and overpowering tactics. Even if it wasn’t the driving force that allowed them to capture the Africans, it played a much greater role later on down the road. Olaudah Equiano was a young boy who wrote down his recollection of his capture from his homeland and the voyage back to the new Americas. In his accounts, he speaks often of the brutality and demeaning behavior directed toward him and his people. In his first encounter with the intruders he said “They then came to us in the reeds, and the very first salute I had from them was a violent blow on the back part of the head with the fore part of a gun, and at the same time a grasp round the neck.” 1 This might seem a basic way of capturing someone that you intended to enslave, but the English never offered any chance to give up; they just simply attacked and took captives. Another way that the
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