Thursday, February 23, 2017

Slavery and Freedom by S. A.

Liberty and Freedom built on the backs of slaves is a contradiction in itself but without would there even be an America to debate the logistics of slave labor. It may not have been a pure race fueled decision to keep and utilize slave labor. What to do with a large ethnically indifferent slave labors harboring resentment for their masters, simply letting them lose would't end well for all the land owners. With a record of murderous rebellion simply setting them free would not only cripple the southern colonies it would prevent the birth of America. The founding fathers didn't see it as owning slaves as a contradiction but as to what to do with them that wouldn't damage everything they had worked for. They were looking for the best course of action for the colonies when it came to the matter of slaves.

A perspective I had not taken into account was the socioeconomic aspect of the institution of slavery. Not so much as the south was dependent on slave labor but as to what should be done with tremendous slave work force that were quite resentful of their white masters. Uneducated unskilled what contribution could they offer the society in which they were brought to? At the time it was believed that whites and blacks couldn't live with one and other. Some proposed that they should all be sent back but a grand mass deportation of the size would impractical as it hurt their economy and hinder the progression of the colonies expanding to the west. This is all from the perspective on the fathers but the only perspective not discussed was that of the slaves. If they were to be educated and understand their importance of their roll in laying the foundation for the the 13 colonies which soon to be recognized as America. It would be interesting to see them debate the complications involved with their slavery and treatment and how they were the back bone of the southern economy and its prosperity. It never came to that as the slaves were seen by the white land owners as heathens who had given up their basic human rights so they can live the way they did. Their children being born and raised Christians but never receiving education so it prevented them from learning their human rights or the right to freedom.

    Mrs Arrowsmith manages to make the reading more lively and more understandable. Classmates asking questions on subjects in the reading I may have not paid much attention to details I should take sometime to look into. Such as Bacon Rebellion and how it instilled fear into the white land owners. Not realizing the impact these events had on the colonies like the Haitian Rebellion not only did the slaves escape the grip the french overseers had on them they had managed to fight off the local government and Napoleon Bonaparte himself decorated military general. This made it ever prevalent that this could easily happen in the colonies at it did in Haiti.

I would like to learn more about the privateers and groups such as Cimarrons. Privateers seem interesting like Francis Bacon and his battles against the Spanish for the gold England had sent him to steal. The bands of Cimarrons attacking the Spanish in some sort of guerrilla warfare to free their people and living in the wilderness in small communities. The port life like in Havana having ships attacked and the constant fear of attack of petty pirates or privateers. The lost colonies in which their are no trace of were Indians and English men with liberty side by side as equals it seemed they would have succeeded if they had no attacked the natives and simply ran or get killed off by the natives. Another idea is if the founding fathers could see America now it's current condition would approve or disapprove.