The Emancipation On The Mind, Soul, And Spirit

1380 WordsApr 12, 20176 Pages
Shackles on the mind, soul, and spirit kept a race of people in slavery during a dark time in American history. Narrative of Sojourner Truth, a Northern Slave, Emancipated from Bodily Servitude by the State of New York, in 1828 follows her life as a slave, known as Isabell, growing up and experiencing many different masters. Sojourner Truth’s meaning of freedom was largely shaped by her religious and family beliefs as well as her experiences as a chattel. Freedom is not just a release from the bondage of physical slavery, but it is a revolution of thought, meaning that slaves were no longer seeking to please the wishes of another human being but were able to embark on a personal pursuit of happiness. Freedom to Sojourner Truth was a…show more content…
Truth described this belief as, “over beings designed by God to be as free as kings; and at the perfect stupidity of the slave, in admitting for one moment the validity of these claims.” This race found themselves subdued by the nation when they objected and this lead to many young children being raised to believe the statement to be true. Truth comments on how silly she feels now looking back, as accepting her status as a slave and failing to fight for her own free will. They were not viewed as human beings and at one time the law read, ““Whereas the teaching of slaves to read and write, has a tendency to excite dissatisfaction in their minds, and to produce insurrection and rebellion,” This stripping of the freedom to pursue an education showed that for African Americans to truly be released from slavery they must be seen as equals. They would have to be able to be given a fair chance in the nation to pursue happiness whether that was knowledge for some, religion for others or family. Freedom was the ability to become a respected member of the community and no longer a piece of property as they were treated. There were also the struggles of the free slaves who did not yet have a place in the world where they could become successful. Some old slaves were given their freedom once they became more of a burden
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