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Slavery Anallysis Essay

  • Submitted by: spankinfranklin9
  • on November 7, 2010
  • Category: History
  • Length: 669 words

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The article “Life on a Plantation Before the Civil War (late 1850’s)“ by Frederick

Olmsted shares an interesting, yet gruesome look into the darker side of American

History. Olmsted, a writer for the New York Daily Times (soon to be the New York

Times), is obviously disturbed by the way that slaves are treated on this particular

plantation. One account of a malicious slave beating is particularly disturbing.” The girl

knelt on the ground,… he struck her thirty or forty blows across the shoulder with his

tough, flexible, ‘raw-hide’ whip.” While Olmsted was upset and disturbed by the manner

in which the slaves were treated, he still commented on the agricultural effectiveness

of the slaves. I think that Olmsted opposed the idea of slavery, yet he still stood there

indifferently and watch an innocent 18-year old girl receive a violent beating. I believe

that he isn’t as sympathetic towards the slaves as he could have been; yet his observations

seem unbiased, and very descriptive.

The next article “The Blessings of Slavery” by George Fitzhugh is a racist,

hate-filled attempt to justify slavery. The cruelty and brutality of slave life is common

knowledge of most Americans, even in the 1850’s. However, Fitzhugh didn’t get that

memo. His article is almost comedic in how inaccurately it depicts slavery. For example

his first line of the article is, “The negro slaves of the South are the happiest, and in some

sense, the freest people in the world.” As racist, and inaccurate as it is, the paper provides

a creepy insight to the way that the people of the South, justified slavery. Fitzhugh’s

view on slavery is quite opposite that of Olmsted. Olmsted’s accounts seem accurate and

relatively unbiased; where as Fitzhugh’s account of slavery seems, like a biased, racist

The last article on slavery I read was “On a Slave Ship” (1829) by Reverend

Robert Walsh. This story takes place in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean,...

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