Slavery And Freedom : An Interpretation Of The Old South

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In James Oakes book, Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South, talks about the relationships between slaves and master liberal capitalism in southern United States during the nineteenth century. Slaves was a name given to blacks because of their color and their freedom once taking away. Freedom and unfreedom are experienced most by human relationship between men and women. The relationship which they produce was to survive and live on to reproduce. Therefore work and society was largely shaped by how people organize their lives.
To be a slave in the south back then was to suffer a deprivation of freedom so extreme as to be qualitatively distinct from all other forms of unfreedom. The master-slave relationship became violent to where slaves could not form any work or family relationship without the master approval. By law then the slaves could not make contracts, own property, or form legal partnership on his or her own. This does not mean that the master did not feed or support his slaves. “In the one, the end in view is the happiness of the youth; born to equal right with that governor, on whom the duty devolves of training the young to usefulness, in a station which he is afterwards to assume among freeman.(6) The end is the profit of the master, his security and the public safety; the subject, one doomed in his own person, and his posterity , to live without knowledge, and without the capacity to make anything his own, and to toil that another may reap the…

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