The Connection Between The ' Bondage Of Mind ' And ' Of The Body '

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The connection between the ‘bondage of mind’ and the ‘bondage of the body’ as found in the southern ideology justifying slavery; The notion of slavery seems foreign to the majority of people today, but for our ancestors and Frederick Douglass it was a very real part of life. The concept of slavery is one that people today find unfathomable, particularly in the justification of slavery and why people owned slaves. The institution of slavery is as old as civilization itself existing in various forms throughout the world, history and remarkably, continues to exist in some people’s lives today. The historical common denominator is that enslavement of another human being has been more often than not involuntary. Sometimes people sold themselves into slavery as a means of survival as is seen with English indentured servants coming from England to the “New world” in the early 1500’s. These indentured servants would enter a contract with their master and after a period of time would fulfill their obligation and then be released to continue and pursue their lives. However, most forms of slavery were not voluntary and these people would be forced into enslavement via becoming prisoners of war, punishment for illegal or criminal conduct, failure to pay debts, sold by parents or chieftains, birthed by a slave, or transferred from one master to another through sale or inheritance. The first African slaves in North America arrived in the British colony of Virginia, from here the
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