Полнотекстовый поиск:
Где искать:
только в названии
только в тексте
слова в тексте
только заголовок

Рекомендуем ознакомиться

Остальные работы->Реферат
Gaea created life, but that was life, which was reigned by a brute force There was no prize for honesty, nor punishment for crime Guided by their natu...полностью>>
Остальные работы->Реферат
dirt and ragged clothes they’re wearing Mrs Hollis gives the okies some work to do in exchange for some food One of the boys points to the other and t...полностью>>
Остальные работы->Реферат
The destruction and devastation caused by the Black Death of the Middle Ages was a phenomenon left to wonder at in text books of historical Europe An ...полностью>>
Остальные работы->Реферат
The main character is Thomas Sawyer, a twelve year old boy, whose parents are dead Tom lives with his aunt, Polly Tom is busy either making trouble or...полностью>>

Главная > Реферат >Остальные работы

Сохрани ссылку в одной из сетей:

View From The Bottom Rail – Slavery Essay, Research Paper

January 29, 2001

HIS 2112 Dr. Harris

A View From the Bottom Rail

The View From the Bottom Rail is a document dealing with the ways in which historians have tried to recover the newly freed slaves’ feelings and point of view after the Civil War. In almost every way, it is impossible to determine what the slaves really thought and felt about slavery and their masters because of the lack of proper evidence. With the evidence presented, readers are left to decide for themselves the feelings that the slaves possessed.

When I read this document, I felt the true point of view from the slaves is best documented by the oral testimony of African Americans themselves. Even though the story may vary from interviewer to interviewer, at least we are getting true statement from a real slave who endured slavery, and not from someone who did not. When reading some of the accounts from northern white sources and the way they observed the slaves celebrate Christianity, it makes me think of ignorance. The white sources stated that the “shouts” that slaves attended were “..the most hideous and at the same time the most pitiful sight I ever witnessed”. At the time, the white people believe that anyone who did not worship Christianity in the same way that they did was considered as savage and not right. It disturbs me that people criticize one another for the way they celebrate a faith that is of the same kind. The slaves and white people both believed in Christianity and that should have been a tie that would bring them closer together. Unfortunately, ignorance is a problem that struck and is here to stay.

After reading this document, it made me think about different cultures and about how I, myself, have criticized and given false documentation of people from different cultures and backgrounds. I believe that the best way to gather evidence is to go straight to the source. In this document, the historians are coming in contact with written prejudice and unreliable sources and the best evidence that they can rely upon is the accounts from the African Americans. I believe that not all of the southern and northern accounts of slavery during the civil war were meant as racist comments, but just as ignorance.

The View From The Bottom Rail is an excellent documentation of the detective work that historians have put into solving the mysteries of the point of view of the slaves during and after the Civil War. A feeling of grief came over me when I read the statement “I was right smart bit by de freedom bug for awhile.” Charlie Davenport, reflecting the black experience, said this statement. It is sorrowful that even though freedom had come to a nation, many slaves still had to settle for a view from the bottom rail.

Загрузить файл

Похожие страницы:

  1. Bias Essay Research Paper BiasWhat does the

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    ... a mental predilection or prejudice. The essay “The View from the Bottom Rail” by James West Davidson and ... , our law enforcement officials. “The View from the Bottom Rail” explains the history of slavery. It implies ...
  2. A View From The Bridge Letter Essay

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    ... and I think she approves the relationship between Catherine and Rudolpho but I ... the way he was trying to point out that Rudolpho wasn?t a real ... I think that he got the message and from now on, he will ... . I love all of you Bibliography A View From The Bridge
  3. The Postman Essay Research Paper Presentation of

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    ... reveals the relationship between Mario and Neruda. The second one reveals the love between Mario ... with the music, is the bright colorful natural view. Mario is riding the ... Every day through the road, he escapes from the grim real world into a spiritual ...
  4. The Structure In The Sound And The

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    ... The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner employs a unique structural assembly to relay ... and differences between the two characters, Benjy. and Quentin. The parallelism of the complex ... highly personal, but the reader infers this view from the scenes that his ...
  5. The Unique Role Of The Mother Essay

    Реферат >> Остальные работы
    ... )1 It is apparent from the reader’s point of view that the mother’s place was ... the role the mother, Mrs. Mooney, enacts. From the beginning of the story, the reader is conveyed the ... anything serious developing within the boarding house between any man and her ...

Хочу больше похожих работ...

Generated in 0.0011599063873291