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Guiding Questions How does the account portray slavery? (Be sure to cite specific information from the interview.) How does the account compare to the other two documents? Document A William Colbert, the former slave interviewed recalls his slave days were filled with nothing but bad experiences. His master “was not good to any of the slaves he owned” and everyone hated to be around him because he was so mean. He recalls the one time his friend, January got caught seeing a girl from another plantation and being an hour late- the consequences were gruesome. He remembers him pulling h=out his large whip, tied January to the tree, and whipped him repeatedly till he bled from his chest, to “teach him some sense.” Compared to the other two documents, this one shows the more negative side of slavery and how they were treated so poorly from their masters. They all hated to be around him just because he was also so mean, as a person, and to them. Document B Tempie Herndon Durham, 103 at the time, recalls her slave days being raised on a big plantation married to Exter Durham, a slave on the plantation across the county line. Together they had 11 children, 9 who grew up as slaves, and 2 who were set free. They were only allowed to see each other 2 days a week, but they were worth a “heap” because they had so many kids. “Freedom is alright, but the n--- were better off before surrender.” She says this because while they were slaves, they were looked after. If someone was sick, medicine was bought and given buy the owner at no cost to them. They did not even have to think about clothes, she says her slave owners were just like her “mammy and pappy to them.” Compared to the previous document, Tempie had it WAY better then William, as she was treated with more kindness and more so like a human. Her plantation owners would buy

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