E 316K Assignments - Usman Ansari E316K Assignment 5...

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Usman Ansari 08/14/2010 E316K – Assignment 5 Assignment 5: “I am Free” Part A: Identification 1.) The author of this quote is Linda Brent and the title of the work is ‘Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; Chapter 10’. This quote refers to Linda’s grandmother and how she could sense that there was something wrong with Linda when she had become pregnant by the white lawyer Mr. Sands. The significance is that a slave mother would always be concerned about her children’s well-being and respect, especially a young girl like Linda who could be sexually molested and cause a disgrace to the family name and the morals of their beliefs. A young slave girl could be prey to the white male slaveholder, and the mother could only worry and pray for her child. 2.) The author of this quote is Frederick Douglass and the title of the work is ‘Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave; Chapter 4’. The significance of this quote lies in the fact that slaves had no right or ability to defend themselves in the presence of their masters. A master such as Mr. Gore could treat a slave like Frederick any way he pleased, and for any reason, whether the slave was innocent or not. This just adds to the many horrifying effects of slavery and shows that the slaves were indeed reduced to nothing and treated worse than animals, and the degree of all treatment depended on the master’s feeling towards the slaves, which was not very promising on the majority of the southern farms. 3.) The author of this quote is Mrs. Shelby and the title of the work is ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Or, Life Among the Lowly; Chapter 5’. The significance of this quote lies in the fact that Mrs. Shelby cannot bear to see Uncle Tom and Harry sold to the terrible, dangerous slave trader. She wants to keep them as her own husband’s slaves because she knows they will be treated well and fairly like human beings there. It seems that as she hears that the slaves are going to be sold, she suddenly figures the reality of these slave’s lives and realizes how brutally and inhumanely they will be treated if they are traded; thus it seems that the talk of trade makes her realize how terrible of an act slavery actually is and how other slaves in the country are probably being treated. 4.) The author of this quote is Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut and the title of the work is ‘A Diary from Dixie’. The significance of this quote refers to the treatment and the views of the southern white husband and wife towards their slaves. Many of the black lady servants were accused of sexual encounters and seducing the white men of the household, even if they were innocent. And many of the slaves just did not possess the same minds or intelligence as the white men and women, so they were often humiliated. It seems that Mary thinks that these are subjects that white women in particular should
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2010 for the course E 316K taught by Professor Berry during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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E 316K Assignments - Usman Ansari E316K Assignment 5...

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