Slave Narrative Essay, During The 1800's.

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From the documents read in class and the resources found outside of class, a common trend is present throughout a majority of the slave narratives. A number of the slaves felt that their "Masters" which was the title given to their owners, were actually the caring providers who ensured their prosperity and happiness.The slaves during the 1800's were very heavily oppressed. Being born into slavery and knowing no other way of life, a substantial number of African American slaves adapted to this unjust way of living they called life. What was there for them to complain about? They had food, shelter, clothing, and the occasional recreation time. This all came with an excruciatingly hard day of work, but shouldn't you give a little to get a little? Work hard, do as your told, do not act out and you will be rewarded with these luxuries and avoid a beating. This was the mindset of a typical slave during the 1800's. These poor people were oppressed to such an extreme, that eventually slavery was adopted as a way of living.Being provided such luxuries as shelter, food, and clothing, many slaves felt that their masters were very kind and more than generous to them. What these men and women failed to realize is that these caregivers were actually the ones who were imprisoning them against their will and forcing them into labor without salary or say. Like I said earlier, many slaves during the 1800's were born into the families of which were already under the oppression of slavery. For these sad people, they had never seen or known any other form of life, and had never had a taste of freedom. Because of this, they did not desire freedom and could see no reason to resist this lifestyle. So in many eyes the Master, or caregiver, was actually a hero and his or her authority was never questioned. "Master would buy a years rations on de first of every year and when he git it, he would have some cooked and he would set down and eat a meal of it. He would tell us it didn't hurt him, so it won't hurt us." (Samuel Boulware Ex Slave Narrative). In this piece from Samuel's interview, he talks about how the Master provides and cares about the well being of the slaves. He even sits down and eats the food he serves his slaves to show them that he is not trying to harm them but only to provide for them for providing him the hands in the field. Samuel later states the food is not very good, but it is a year's supply, and even the Master would eat it. In this interview Sam speaks very highly of his Master because of how nice he was and how well they were treated. He is just one example of the many slaves' views of their masters at this time.Another slave who shared these sorts of feelings for her Master was Margaret Hughes. "Missy, I likes to talk to de white folks. I gits awful lonesome for my Massa and missus, and de white folks I use to be wid." (Margaret Hughes Ex Slave Narrative). Even years after being freed, Margaret still misses her life as a slave. She was so...

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