A brutal slaveholders life in the hands of dana
In view of this fact, I am happy to attribute any love of letters I may have, not to my presumed Anglo-Saxon paternity, but to the native genius of my sable, unprotected, and uncultivated mother--a woman who belonged to a race whose mental endowments are still disparaged and despised. The mystery is in some measure explained by my association with Daniel Lloyd, the youngest son of Colonel Edward Lloyd. James Hopkins, the succeeding overseer, we had a different and a better man, as good perhaps as any man could be in the position of a slave overseer. Dana first meets him as a young accident-prone boy torn between an indulgent mother and a strict father and sees him grow to replace Tom Weylin as slave master. For these reasons, you understand how Dana feels about Rufus. All human beings have experienced their own experiences and have backgrounds that, at times, play a great role in molding who that individual is. The main character, Dana, time travels from back to the early nineteenth century. Captain Anthony was not considered a rich slave-holder, though he was pretty well off in the world. That night I learned as I had never learned before, that I was not only a child, but somebody's child. The circumstances which I am about to narrate, and which gave rise to this fearful tempest of passion, were not singular, but very common in our slave-holding community. When wearied with this, I returned to the kitchen, sat by the fire and brooded over my hard lot. It was seldom that a slave, however venerable, was honoured with a surname in Maryland, and so completely has the south shaped the manners of the north in this respect that their right to such honor is tardily admitted even now. It was early in the morning, when all was still, and before any of the family in the house or kitchen had risen.
Everybody in the South seemed to want the privilege of whipping somebody else. She realizes that they are just playacting, rather than acting on their beliefs in freedom and equality. Had he been brought up in a free state, surrounded by the full restraints of civilized society --restraints which are necessary to the freedom of all its members, alike and equally, Capt.
Dana secretly teaches him to read and write.
Rushdy explains, become a record of the "unwritten history" of African-Americans, a "recovery of a coherent story explaining Dana's various losses.
Page 24 That a field-hand should learn to read in any slave State is remarkable, but the achievements of my mother, considering the place and circumstances, was very extraordinary. I could accept him as my ancestor, my younger brother, my friend, but not as my master, and not as my lover.
Had he been brought up in a free state, surrounded by the full restraints of civilized society—restraints which are necessary to the freedom of all its members, alike and equally, Captain Anthony might have been as humane a man as are members of such society generally.
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