The Worst Life of Africans in American Slave Trade
It is said that all humans are created equally. Everyone has the same basic rights as a human being no matter who they are, what they own, or where they are from. Any individuals cannot be accredited to deprive any others’ basic rights, which are given as humans. However, slavery of Africans has breached this truth since the 17th century, especially in the United States. When comparing Lawrence Hill’s novel The Book of Negroes to historical facts of the slavery trade in America, there is evidence show that there are many horrible events which have occurred to African slaves. Slavery dehumanized Africans as a tool of production. African slaves had inhumane living conditions in America. Basic education, which was another human right, was stripped because of the slavery. Slavery in America was the worst treatment to Africans from 17th century to 19th century. Slavery dehumanized Africans as a tool of production. African slaves were forced to do a mass amount of work, which was followed by punishment. As free labour, Africans were bought by the plantation owners to farm in the southern states of America. Lawrence Hill stated, “We worked from darkness in the morning until darkness at night” (Hill 115). Being consistent with Hill’s novel, a historical fact recorded, “Field slaves worked in the fields from sunrise to sunset, an at harvest time they toiled 18 hours a day” (House and Field, thinkquest.org). Slaves had to do plenty of physical work for a long time everyday, but they could not get any payment and they also did not have enough time to rest. Moreover, if the African slaves did something wrong when they were doing their jobs, they would be punished. “Mamed shouted that I had missed a dirty spot on the vat, and he whacked me with his cane” (Hill 101). The slave owners could do whatever they wanted to their slaves, such as whipping and raping them. African slaves were overused as a tool of plantations, and...
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