Essay on Slavery

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Hampton-Preston Mansion and Slavery Slave as defined by the dictionary means that a slave is a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bond servant. So why is it that every time you go and visit a historical place like the Hampton-Preston mansion in Columbia South Carolina, the Lowell Factory where the mill girls work in Massachusetts or the Old town of Williamsburg Virginia they only talk about the good things that happened at these place, like such things as who owned them, who worked them, how they were financed and what life was like for the owners. They never talk about the background information of the lower level people like the slaves or servants who helped take care and run these places behind the scenes.…show more content…
So why is it that when you go to these historical sites they never talk about the day to day life of a normal slave? It’s like in the tour of the Hampton-Preston Mansion in Columbia South Carolina; when we were on the tour the tour guide talked very briefly about slave as she took us through the basement of the house where the slaves were allowed to be because of the house chores they had to do or while they were cooking for their owners. Also with the basement, slaves weren’t allowed to walk through the house to get to the basement; there was an outside passage for them to come in and out of. The tour guide quickly moved away from the part about slavery and started to talk about the owners Wade Hampton and John Preston and what they did for a living. They also talked about how the owners and owners’ wives chose this location for their home, how they decided they would decorate the interior of the home and also how they decided on the plants that were used in the gardens of the mansion. Why is it the tour guide didn’t take us to places like the slaves sleeping quarters or other places slaves might have hung out on the grounds of the mansion, is it because they are worried that people might start to ask questions about how the owners or the owners family might have treated them on a

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