In Frederick Douglass' Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Mr. Douglass gives many examples of cruelty towards slaves as he shows many reasons that could have been used to abolish slavery. Throughout the well-written narrative, Douglass uses examples from the severe whippings that took place constantly to a form of brainwashing by the slaveholders over the slaves describing the terrible conditions that the slaves were faced with in the south in the first half of the 1800's. The purpose of this narrative was most likely to give others not affiliated with slaves an explicit view of what actually happened to the slaves physically, mentally, and emotionally to show the explicit importance of knowledge to the liberation of slaves. Frederick Douglass, born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey in 1818 in Tuchahoe, Maryland, entered slavery from birth. Unaware of his actual date of birth, like most all the other slaves at that time, Douglass was forced to face the dread of being a slave early in his life. The very fact that the slaveholders did not give their slaves an actual birth date was one of the first examples not of brainwashing but a form of brain molding that was customary for all slaveholders to take part of. Since the slaves did not know their birthday, they were more easily treated like cattle or other property of the plantation, which was the objective of the slaveholders. The slaveholders felt that the more ignorant and little minded that slaves were, then the more effective they would be in the fields. This example of depriving the slaves of their natural right as humans to know their date of birth was just the beginning of the many examples that Frederick Douglass used to show reasons for the abolishment of slavery. Douglass' mother, slave Harriet Bailey, was immediately...
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Topic: How much harder was slavery for women than men? No one in today's society can even come close to the heartache, torment, anguish, and complete misery suffered by women in slavery. Many women endured this agony their entire lives, there only joy being there children and families, who were torn away from them and sold, never to be seen or heard from again. Thesis In the book, Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl, Linda Brent tells a spectacular story of her twenty years spent in slavery with her master Dr. Flint, and her jealous Mistress. She speaks of her trials and triumphs as well as the harms done to other slaves. She takes you on the inside of slavery and shows you the Hell on Earth slavery really was. She tells you the love and heartbreak she experienced being an unmarried slave mother. At around the age of twenty or so, Linda escapes and ends up in very small garret only nine foot long and seven foot wide. So small she could not even stand up. She lived in this hole with no light, no fresh air, and barely ever moved for almost seven years. She finally escaped and made it to the North where she and her children lived much happier and most of all they lived free. Linda Brent said, "Slavery is terrible for men, but is far more terrible for women." She makes a good and true point, for when her life and the life of other slave women is compared to men's, mentally, slavery takes a much larger toll on the suffering of women. Women are responsible for their children, because the children follow the mother and mothers often fill guilty for bringing children into the cruel world of slavery. As Linda Brent expresses, "I often prayed...
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Thousands of years ago, during the last ice age, mile-thick glaciers covered a vast portion of North America, and the Asian continent was joined to North America by a land bridge. The Arctic areas of Alaska, Beringia, and Siberia were free of ice. Vast herds of caribou, muskoxen, and bison migrated to these plains. Following them were the nomadic Asian ancestors of today's Inuit and Indians. The doorway to Asia closed about three or four thousand years later as the glaciers receded and melted. These people: the Inuit (meaning the people), adapted to their harsh tundra environment and developed a culture that remained untainted for a long time. The Inuit people relied solely on hunting for their existence. With summers barely lasting two months, agriculture was non-existent. Animals such as caribou and seal were vital. Groups of hunters would stalk and kill many caribou with fragile bows made of driftwood, and their bounty was split evenly amongst the tribe. Bone spears were fashioned to hunt seals which provided food, oil, clothes, and tents. The seal skins were also used to construct kayaks and other boats that the Inuit would use to travel and to hunt whales. One advantage of the sterile cold of the arctic was that it kept these people free of disease (until they met the white man.) Inuit tribes consisted of two to ten loosely joined families. There was no one central leader in the group: all decisions were made by the community as a whole. Nor was there any definite set of laws; the Inuit, though usually cheery and optimistic, were prone to uncontrolled bursts of rage. Murder was common amongst them and it went unpunished unless an individual's murders occured too often. At that point, that person was deemed unstable, and the community appointed a man to...
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Popular culture grew a very great amount when MTV was created in 1981, and now 20 years later, after hundreds of shows, thousands of videos, millions on viewers, earning billions, and creating its own generation, it isn't stopping. On August 1, 1981, MTV began with footage of a rocket launching and the words, "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll," spoken by the channels cofounder, John Lock. The first video to be played was Buggles, "Video Killed the Radio Star." The video was hand-picked out of around 120 other videos by the first five VJ's. MTV was based in Manhattan and at its launch it wasn't an offered channel in the area, so the staff had to go to a bar in New Jersey to see their creation's launch. Musicians soon learned of the channel's effect and began to make videos. Billy Idol stated, "It was 24 hours of you, you, you, you in people's living rooms" (MTV Turns 20). Older groups like the Rolling Stones rekindled their careers with the new channel while new acts used it to begin their stardom. In 1981, the channel's founders were given $20 million to start. Within a year, they quickly turned the money into $12 million of debt, and by the end of the year they were out of the red and on their way to making history in the music industry (Allen 2). In the channel's first year, it was declared the product of the year of broadcasting by Fortune Magazine (Gunderson 1-2). Before MTV's dawn, music on television was on talk and entertainment shows. Radio stations in the U.S. had never been challenged by anything on television until MTV. Their "personal" and "on-demand" nature appealed to the viewers. It wasn't only the viewers that enjoyed the channel's characteristics. It appealed to companies'...
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Life of Picasso Art represents beauty. It represents the soul and spirit of the artist. It's a form of communication that the artist can use as a substitution for words. Art has flourished the world for thousands of years and it has no intentions on stopping. One of "the most important figure's in modern art" (Selfridge, 15) is a man by the name of Pablo Picasso. He has taken the world into many places and has enabled us to see many abstract creations through his artwork alone. Among his many contributions to art, his most important include pioneering the modern art movement called cubism, inventing collage as an artistic technique, and developing assemblage in sculpture. Born on October 25, 1881, Picasso was a miracle right from the start. There were complications with birth and everyone was sure that he wasn't going to make it, but then Picasso's uncle, Salvador Ruiz, was able to make this tragedy a miracle. He "exhaled a puff of cigar smoke into the baby's nostrils and suddenly…, he joined the world of the living"(Selfridge, 23). Picasso's miraculous ways didn't end there. He was soon to become one of the most well known artists of all times. Picasso's love for art was somewhat genetic. (Duncun, 45) His father, Jose Ruiz Blasco, was a painter as well and he loved art. Picasso was quick to express his desire for art. At the age of four, he was drawing detailed pictures with astounding results. (Duncun, 47) During school, Picasso would pay little if any attention to his work or the lecture that the teacher was giving. Instead, he spent his time making sketches of his fellow classmates. (Duncun, 52) At the age of 13, Picasso was enrolled at an art school where his father taught, and suddenly his academic habits changed....
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On Wednesday, June 18, 2003, I had finalized the decision to put my incapacitated dog to rest. It became a reality. I clearly remember the warm, breezy day that occurred two weeks ago. As I sat in the freshly cutgrass of my front yard, I paid no attention to the sounds of the birds that were singing or the leaves that were dancing on the trees. All that was on my mind was the details of the last 13 years and remembering the times we shared together. As I kept trying to convince myself that he would not have to suffer another day from his ailments, I kept thinking of the first day that he came into my life. I was 15 years old when I got Valen. It was Valentine's Day in 1990. Earlier that week my mother was near Port Jervis, New York on a business trip. She had some free time before she had to come home to Pennsylvania so she decided to stop at the local SPCA. Her intentions were to simply look at the animals and then leave. She made her way to the area that housed the dogs. There she found a shy, but friendly, golden retriever. He was a bit apprehensive at first, almost as if he was neglected and abused, but it didn't take much of my mom's gentle touch and her soft, subtle voice before this dog realized she was his savior. She decided that she would like to adopt this dog however, the policy was strict, and there was a seven-day waiting period before you could adopt an animal. This was in place to allow ample time for the owner to claim their animals if they got astray. As much as my mom wanted to leave that day with the dog,...
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The movie Amistad, and the excerpt from "The Life of Olaudah Equiano" both deal with experiences of important historical background. Both pieces take the audience through a period in history where slavery was not only accepted, but it was a prominent part of everyday life. In each story, the slaves were treated in such similar, inhumane ways that it is clear that the message the author is trying to get across is that slavery was wrong back then, it is wrong now, and it always will be wrong. The intended audience is not held down to one specific group of people. These works were made and written in hopes to educate people of all ages and allow them to understand and see what happened during a crucial point in history in which no one was a part of. It allows people to see how the slaves were captured, how they were treated, and all the horrible actions that had occurred. It is safe to say that for the most part, Steven Spielberg does an excellent job on making sure that Amistad's movie plot stayed as true as possible to portraying the historical story of the trials and tribulations of the captured ship in 1839, La Amistad. However, since the fact that it is a movie, the context of the story was of course affected. Scenes had to be over dramatized and characters, made up or not, could have been seen in different lights. However, in spite of this, Spielberg still produces a strong plot enlightening the viewers with knowledge of this well-known case. After watching "Amistad", it gives the viewer a sense of disbelief and a feeling of disgust that human beings were treated in such a way. The gruesome and vivid scenes portraying how whites treated the blacks on board the ship...
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In the life of a slave, most every day followed the same routine, and each year was just as predictable as the one previous. Although each slave had his or her own inexcusable daily tasks given by the master, they all seemed to have their own sadness, within which a unique anecdote is intertwined. This phenomenon may be observed by considering the happenings in the narratives of two slaves: Linda Brent in "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl" by Harriet Jacobs and Mr. Charlton in "Sketch of the Life of Mr. Lewis Charlton, and Reminiscences of Slavery" by Edward Everett Brown. By taking into account the resemblances and differences of the two, one can understand the variations of abuse inflicted upon each slave. The slave experiences of both Linda and Mr. Charlton were mostly filled with the utmost cruelty and disrespect. Shattered emotions and torn flesh made the thought of each upcoming day more and more undesirable. Pain was equally experienced between the two, although there was a different type of vindictiveness distributed to each. Harriet Jacobs wrote with a pseudonym, Linda. In her story, Linda encountered emotional and sexual abuse by her master Mr. Flint. The harshness and insensitiveness that Mr. Flint rendered upon Linda because of her longing to be with a man whom would love rather than exploit her only led her to have a growing hatred towards him. She told him "You have tried to kill me, and I wish you had; but you have no right to do as you like with me" (Jacobs 1763). Mr. Charlton takes on a different form of abuse from his masters. On several occasions he was beaten so extensively that he was unable to use his legs. "For three years I had to labor hard ploughing and hoeing...
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Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts. His mother was an English actress named Elizabeth Arnold. His father, David Poe was an Irish actor. Poe's father deserted the family and his mother died when he was three years old. This was only the beginning of the tragedies that plagued Poe and his entire life. John Allan, a wealthy tobacco exporter and his wife Nancy adopted Edgar, and he took Allan as part of his name. Poe was educated in London in boarding schools. Later on he attended the University of Virginia. It was at this university that he wrote, "Tamerlane," his first serious poem. Edgar Allan Poe affected society with his poems, short stories and his death. Edgar Allan Poe affected society with his short stories. "Some years ago Edward Shanks justifies his writings of a book on Poe on the ground that Poe was "The man through whom was made America's first great contribution to the literature of the world." ." (Anderson 56)This shows that he gained respect from society. By gaining respect from society, Poe was able to become a very remembered writer. "Whether or not Poe invented the short story, it is certain that he originated the novel of detection." (Nelson 96)This shows that Poe created his own genre of literature. By creating his own genre, Poe was able to stand out more. By people's opinions and creating his own genre, Poe will have an impact forever on society. Another way Edgar Allan Poe affected society was with his poems. "His stories are imaginative and his poems are musical. In both genres he was impressively romantic. The effect of his work upon the imagination is vivid and haunting." (Quinn 12)This shows that his poems were very unique. By creating unique poems, Poe was able to relate...
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Edith Wharton was born Edith Newbold Jones on January 24, 1862 in New York City. She was the youngest of three children. All though her birth was unexpected and unwanted, Edith was raised as if she was an only child. Her mother, Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander, was the granddaughter of an American Revolutionary patriot, and the daughter of a wealthy landowner. Her father had inherited his wealth from his parents. During the first few years of Ms. Wharton's life, her family and her spent their winters in New York and their summers in Rhode Island. Ms. Wharton didn't receive an education while she was growing up, but she was lucky enough to be able to use her father's library and was privately educated by tutors. She spent most of her earlier years reading rather then participating in any other activities that people her age did. When she was four years old, her parents took her on a trip to Europe. She got to visit places like Rome and Paris. It was there when Ms. Wharton started becoming interested in things such as Greek and Roman Gods. She eventually learned to read, write, and speak in German, French, and Italian because of the tutoring and touring of such places. After six years, when Ms. Wharton was ten, she and her family returned from Europe back to the United States. Edith didn't know what to make of it. She had mixed emotions about New York City. She missed such things in Europe such as the glamour and fashion, and was overwhelmed by he insanity of New York City. She was however delighted to see her family and friends both in New York City and Rhode Island. In the United States Ms. Wharton continued to study Modern Languages. Edith's family and most of her friends' families were not...
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