The writings were written in thesouth and described how slavery was the main attraction in the south. Slaverywas the use of labor for the south, and how they made their capital. Slaves werelesser than the white people in the south, animals were treated better than theslaves. Slavery made white people feel superior. White people seen slaves as utensilsfor plantations. They categorized slaves with mules, land, and farming tools whichis saddening to hear.
Slavery was an inhumane decision to join a connection betweentwo people, which in this case was between the white and African American people.Slavery was an enormous influence in American life, it took over America and wasa big reason for the Civil War. Southern society had much in common with other societiesand systems due to racism and slavery. The south commended paternalism, which limitsa person’s or groups liberty or autonomy.
Paternalism promotes their own good. Inthe south this paternalism society was used to limit women and slaves because whitemales were superior. Slavery existed without racial subordination and predated racism.
When there is racial subordination there is racism, and the south had lots of racialsubordination. Letter to My RelativesDear Mom,Upon arriving in the south, I witnessed very rural sightings.It was not urbanized like the North. The plantations were dominated by whitelandowners, and had slaves. The slaves were treated like wild animals, and werescared to say anything about it.
They worked for very small wages, and theirliving conditions were even worse. The small children even had to go to work tohelp, some would even “train” by pulling out weeds. The landowners were onlyconcerned with one thing, and that was how efficient their crops would do. Theywould have the overseers check that their plantations would do exceptionallywell, even to control their slaves.
The landowners were selfish and only caredabout themselves, they saw the slaves as nothing but cheap labor. They feltinferior to the slaves, because of their skin color. The slaveowners weredependent on slaves to do all their manual labor, and they created many codesto restrict them and make them feel lower. The slaves were forbidden to readand write, so they could not revolt against the slaveowners. Also, many slavestold me that the women slaves were raped by the slaveowners. Many slaves thattried to revolt or start an upbringing would usually be brutally punished. Theslave owners had no mercy with the beatings and punishments towards the slaves.
The slaves were also in a pecking order, the slaves that worked in the housewere treated better than the slaves that worked in the plantations outside.This aided the slaveowners, because it would not let the slaves organize andrevolt. The south is a saddening sight to see, human beings taking over otherhuman beings because of the color of their skin. The way the slaveowners talk abouttheir slaves was disgusting, hearing them say the degraded names and the slavesanswering to them.
It was not a good sight to see or visit.