How Did Slavery Start Slavery?

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Did slavery start racism or did racism start slavery? In the book Incidents in the life of a slave girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs and the poem “The Slave Mother” by Frances E.W Harper. The payment of freedom is not worth suffering a sacrifice that slave went through to become free. In both of the texts they have imagery of slaves being tortured and torn apart from their families. They experienced the most hardest and toughest battles of their life and still can not overcome them. Slavery contains limited rights for blacks because of their color, little girls losing their pride at an early age, and most of all families being torn apart and hoping to see each other again. Slavery will never be over until racism is over and the world is still experiencing…show more content…
Usually if you are beautiful you are more likely to be a victim of your master “having control over you” is what they say but we really know what it is. In the midst of all this happening, Linda starts to get sad and begins to see everything around her involves Dr.Flint she notices that he will forever be around her. When she hears her master footsteps she will know what’s about to happen with no control over it, “If God has bestowed beauty upon her, it will prove her greatest curse. That which commands admiration in the white woman only hastens the degradation of the female slave”. (Jacobs.5) Slavery turns everything upside down, including the value of beauty. Beautiful slave girls are more likely to become victims. Slavery is hard to deal with as a female because you wonder why you? Linda wants protection from Dr.Flint but where could she possibly turn too? Who could protect her from her master? She starts to notice she’s in this alone and there’s nobody to help her and says to herself, “No matter whether the slave girl be as black as ebony or as fair as her mistress. In either case, there is no shadow of law to protect her from insult, from violence, or even from death; all these are inflicted by fiends who bear the shape of men”. (Jacobs.5) Raping a white woman is punishable by death at this time. Raping a black woman? As long as you don't brag about it, go right ahead. This goes back to the beginning of this paragraph the value of beauty is not looked at the same and she doesn’t see how when a female should always be cherished by her body. Linda has not been on this earth long at all and is experiencing things she shouldn’t have to. As she thinks about all the things she’s been through so far she says, “I had not lived fourteen years in slavery for nothing. I had felt, seen, and heard enough, to read the characters, and question the motives, of those around me. The war of my life had begun; and though one
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