Perspectives of Two African American Women on Slavery


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HIST 1301
6 November 2010
Perspectives of Two African American Women on Slavery
African American women bore a significant share of the horrific experiences during the era of slavery. The scourge of slavery is a highly analyzed and tragic period in American history. Perspectives on slavery differed widely between the slave owners and the slaves themselves. Slave owners were almost exclusively European American individuals. While it is commonplace in modern times to view slavery as a cruel and inhuman practice, during the era of slavery, European American people considered dark skinned people to be practically animals. African slaves were regarded almost like cattle or...
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.....of freedom. Their experiences in hearing the stories of free women like Jacobs and Truth made them realize that other human beings were suffering under deplorable conditions that European Americans never had to endure. Because of this dawning of realization, European Americans began to also view African Americans as human beings. This understanding took quite a bit
longer to become evident in the South and perhaps even today many European Americans still do not understand the meaning of freedom as their ancestors have never lost it.
Works Cited
Gilbert, Olive. Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Boston: J.B.
& Son, 1850. Print.
Jacobs, Harriet. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Boston:
Boston d’
Foundry, 1861. Print.