Question by sarah: can anyone describe what slavery was like in the south before the civil war?
omfg!!! ok i know some of u r gonna say do ur own h.w. but fuck!!! i think if i explain u’ll cut me some slack…. okay.. im in 8th grade and i really want to get into laguardia arts(for those of u who dont know thats a specialized highskool) to pursue directing so writing essays on “what slavery was like in the south before the civil war” isnt my thing unless it could be a documentary, this counts for more than 75% of my grade and its due tomarrow!!!! on the other hand, the reason y i couldnt even start it is because..i live all the way in brooklyn and my skool is in Bayside, queens!!! i have to get up at 4:30 every morning, get my brothers ready, walk them to their bus stop, make sure they get on, then walk 5 other blocks and wait for my bus which arrive at 5:15, then after that bus i have to take a train, then walk another 4 blocks to my school. i do extra credit in every class, particularly math which is the subject i have to work the hardest on because im so bad at it, so i come home do my h.w. in every subject and finish at 2:AM usually!!! help??
Answer by droo
Good luck on getting in the high school. Here’s a link to answer your question: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2956.html
And if it’s getting too close to 2 am to read the whole essay, here’s a two-paragraph summary:
“Though slavery had such a wide variety of faces, the underlying concepts were always the same. Slaves were considered property, and they were property because they were black. Their status as property was enforced by violence — actual or threatened. People, black and white, lived together within these parameters, and their lives together took many forms.
“Enslaved African Americans could never forget their status as property, no matter how well their owners treated them. But it would be too simplistic to say that all masters and slaves hated each other. Human beings who live and work together are bound to form relationships of some kind, and some masters and slaves genuinely cared for each other. But the caring was tempered and limited by the power imbalance under which it grew. Within the narrow confines of slavery, human relationships ran the gamut from compassionate to contemptuous. But the masters and slaves never approached equality.”
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