Jakob Daniels' Atlantic Slave Trade Paper .docx

Slavery as a product or service that they dont have

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slavery as a product or service that they don’t have to pay for and will only positively affect the enslaved people owners. He also uses imagery of it being better for the enslaved people because the enslaved people are “treated with great [kindness] and humanity”(Postlethwayt in Perry, 20). John Wesley, on the other hand, gave the imagery of horrible conditions, and he questions the moral standings of the slave traders/slave owners: “Have no sympathy? No sense of human woe? No pity for the miserable?”(Wesley in Perry, 22). This shows the readers how it actually is. After showing some of the similarities between the two excerpts and the writers, I am ready to move onto the most important part of this paper, the differences. To begin, the writers have differences in how they characterize black Africans and white Europeans. Malachy Postlethwayt implicitly stated throughout his document that black Africans, or the enslaved black Africans, are a product, service, or:“happy instruments of raising our plantation”(Postlethwayt in Perry, 19). Postlethwayt explicitly stated that white Europeans are basically the saviors of black African or enslaved people because they are getting “a melioration
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Daniels, 4 [improvement] of their condition”(Postlethwayt in Perry, 20). John Wesley, on the other hand, states explicitly that the white Europeans or slave owners have abused slavery and the enslaved people deserve “mercy or justice”(Wesley in Perry, 21). Wesley also characterizes implicitly the horrible living standard that enslaved people had to live with by saying: “When you squeezed the agonizing creatures down in the ship”(Wesley in Perry, 22). Equally important, who is the writer's audience or who are they trying to speak to through this paper, and who is more convincing to their audience out of the two writers. I think Postlethwayt is trying to persuade the antislavery and non-decided audience to his side of the debate, pro-slavery. He already has a base and he wants to help slave traders to expand on that base by talking about the economic boost slavery gives. I think Wesley is trying to persuade the proslavery and non-decided audience into his corner of the “battle, antislavery. I already said before he has a base and he also is trying to build on it by attacking their morals. In my opinion, I think Wesley is more convincing because he plays on the side of emotion with the use of morals. Last but not least, to what authorities
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  • Spring '16
  • Francesca Bortoletti
  • John Wesley, Malachy Postlethwayt

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