The Limits of Freedom Essay

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The Limits of Freedom Katt Carpenter There have been many limits to people’s freedom since America was discovered. One that stands out to me the most is the limiting of a person’s freedom because they are a slave or an indentured servant. Both men and women held the positions of slaves or indentured servants, and they were not treated as one should be treated. There is a letter in Voices of Freedom in the text that is from Elizabeth Sprigs and it is addressed to her father bring forward many complaints she has gotten from the indentured servants. She points out to her father that; they don’t have much food, even corn is scarce. She also brings up the point that the indentured servants are provided with a means to have proper…show more content…
Table 4.1 in the textbook shows a table with the percentages of population for various states. Virginia was the state with the highest population, 187,600 total slaves, but South Carolina has the highest percentage based on population. A percentage of 61%, that’s more than half of their general population. This supports my thesis of their limits of freedom because with that many of slaves, how can one expect to have even half way decent living conditions which, I feel is a basic freedom for anyone. On page 170 of the text, there is a excerpt from Voices of Freedom that is a part of Olaudah Equano’s autobiography. This autobiography gave an account of the experience of this slave, specifically his auction. For a person to be sold as nothing more than a ‘piece of meat’ goes against any freedom we have as a person. No one deserves to be degraded and the sold to the highest bidder. In this excerpt he discusses how they are confined in such small spaces and how they are separated from their friends and their family. On his recalling the auction, he mentions how you could hear the cries from people being separated and feel the emotion they all shared. The text has another bit from Voices of Freedom that fits to this topic. It is from the “Petitions of slaves to the Massachusetts Legislature.” It is about how many slaves were aware of their struggle and saw a possible opportunity to take their own freedom. “Your petitioners apprehend that
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