Butler Plantation--2 views of slavery

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U.S. History Honors February 12, 2008 Two Views of Slavery The accounts of life on the Butler Plantation by Roswell King, Jr. and Fanny Kemble differ greatly in their point of view. King describes the people from a business- like perspective. He says the slaves are in a “good condition” (in other words, under control and working hard) based on the fact that the plantation is prosperous. He says the lash is rarely used, but also says that he is not directly involved in supervising the bosses. He makes all kinds of statements about the slaves’ characters, but it is clear he does not really know any slaves. He mentions that the women get good treatment when they are giving birth because slave children can be useful workers, too. Kemble, on the other hand, knows the slaves personally, by name.
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Unformatted text preview: She gives a long list of women who come begging to her in just one day. They are suffering physically from all kinds of pains, and emotionally from the deaths of so many of their children. Kemble makes it clear that the black slaves have the same feelings as white people. She actually admires their strength, while King only looks down on them. Kemble’s account is more accurate and true because it is closer to the actual lives of the slaves. She does not mention how well the plantation is doing economically, because from her perspective, seeing first-hand how much the slaves suffer, the profit is not worth mentioning. She sees the whole picture because the slaves realize she is someone who cares....
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