Slavery In Solomon Northup's Twelve Years A Slave

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Chained and shackled; constantly thrashed; rarely fed twice a day with a sliver of corn meal; working for numerous hours and required to sleep on the ground. When hearing these conditions, you instantly think of animals being held captive. Slaves were not considered worthy of clothing, food, or shelter, but rather thought of as property in the eyes of the master. Slavery was a vicious practice, causing hell for all persons involved. The book of Solomon Northup in Twelve Years a Slave depicts the tragic experiences that slaves have to endure daily. Solomon’s story discusses that the institution of slavery causes torture for both male and female slaves, and the slave owners themselves.
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One of the many abolitionists that helped is Benjamin Rush. Rush was a civic leader in Philadelphia, where he was a physician, politician, social reformer, and an educator. The highlight of his involvement was the pamphlet he wrote in 1773 entitled "An Address to the Inhabitants of the British Settlements in America, upon Slave-Keeping." These Pamphlets main concept was to attack the slave trade and the practice of slavery (Reed 2015). Fighting for the end of slavery is a long process. The abolitionist in Solomon’s book is a man named Bass. Bass was a carpenter, Epps hired Bass to build a shed. The building of the shed is where Solomon met Bass. At Bass’s own risk, he wrote and mailed letters to Northup’s friends in the North and was helping those friends find and rescue Solomon from slavery. Bass was the main reason why Solomon escaped, otherwise Solomon most likely been a slave for the rest of his life. Bass gave Solomon hope that one day he will be free. This can correlate to many other abolitionists did for other slaves at this point of time. These slaves wanted to be free again, not treated like animals. They wanted their morality and right back. Slavery took that all away and made them less than

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