History Final Exam Study Guide

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5. Before, and for a short period after, Emily Harris’s husband left for the service she was known as a strict master notorious for beating her female slaves and at least once beating a male one. She was well respected and feared of, due to her strong side, but as the war prolonged she showed weaknesses that caused her relationship with her slaves to become different and strained. Emily’s relationship with the slaves in the ladder part of the war contrasted to the way it was in the beginning. Harris was now being run-over and disobeyed. The slaves started hinting around at a rebellion and were doing other disobeying acts such as hiding enemy soldiers and butchering hogs to make money. Their defiance resulted in Emily resorting to beating them more often as punishment, an act that did not prove to work since many ran away after a lashing. Harris began to fear the slaves. She feared not only for her life, but also a rebellion or some kind of uprising from the slaves. There are several factors that could be the reason the slaves began to change. One could have been that Emily wasn’t as good of a master as her husband David. Another was that the slaves were aware that the civil war was drawing close to end with the favor not being with the south. Emily Harris was probably, more so than not, in disagreement with the abolition of slavery. She faced many problems in her life and could not manage a household of kids and the 100-acre farm that was theirs to run. Therefore without the slaves Emily’s life would be much harder and much more stressful. But her reaction may not have been completely negative. Since she had grown to fear the slaves having them freed may have meant less problems for her to have to deal with. 6. Emily Harris stated in her diary “I am not an independent woman nor shall I ever be.” She most likely made this comment because the way her husband treated her, more like property than a wife. She also could have realized how much she actually depended on her husband when she actually had to pull his load along with her own and for mental support since she seemed not to have as much depression before he left for the service I believe she would have been more likely to say this because of how relieved she was to have her husband back. Not only did he do most of the work that she had to acquire when he left, he managed the slaves better, and would have been there to handle some of the dramatic events that occurred while he was away. Although he didn’t show the husbandly kindness she needed she depended on his presence as a kind of mental support.
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