Essay: Slaves in Antebellum South
In Antebellum South, slavery life was very hard for the slaves who had to maintain a cold relationship between them and their masters. With little and poor diets, the slaves had no power to do anything to demand for food. It should be noted that, there were poor whites but simply because they were whites, they had power over the all blacks even though they might have been rich than them.
The slaves in Antebellum South had to face the problems of lack of privacy, hard work, powerless and mistreatments (WGBH). Slaves in Antebellum South are seen as property with no human rights to enjoy. Just like property, they have to serve their masters in whichever way and at any time. In fact Brent puts, “When he told me that I was made for his use, made to obey his command in every thing; that I was nothing but a slave, whose will must and should surrender to his, never before had my puny arm felt half so strong” (Jacobs 29), she clearly proves that a slave had no power and did not enjoy any right.