Slave Narratives : A Darker Side Of American History

900 WordsNov 10, 20144 Pages
Slave Narratives: A Darker Side of American History How would we be able to fully understand history only knowing one-side of the story? If this was the case, American History would be an amazing story of liberty, expansion, and the foundation of American democracy as the most fair and honest government created in the world today. However, this is not the case thankfully due to novels, interviews, and autobiographies written by Americans who’ve felt the painful sting of the other side of American History. For example, Native Americans walking the trail of tears, Japanese Americans being imprisoned during World War II, and the enslavement of African-Americans. Notably, the enslavement and cruel treatment of African-Americans is noted as the darkest time in American history. But, how do we really know about the cruel and unfair treatment of African-Americans during the post-antebellum period in American history? Thankfully, we have slave narratives, which allows us to understand how far the cruel treatment of African-Americans really went. Without these slave narratives Americans would not be able to understand about the cruelty of slavery and the stories of the great African-Americans who escaped slavery and became key abolitionists and opponents against slavery. Slave narratives carry a huge importance in American history, because without them we would not be able to understand the extent of what slave owners went to with their “property”. The slave narrative is defined
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