Reflection

December 12, 1852 The greatest belief that all the slaves shared was religion, and faith in God. The slaves were born with no choice of life and a sense of freedom that they might be able to have. I still remember the first time I went to a slave shelter, and I thought it was…

Abolitionist: the Liberator

November 19, 1852 There is no mystery to slavery; it had been here for years in our nation. But in the South, where there was a great demand of slaves, not everyone supported slavery. Angelina and Sarah Grimké, sisters from a prominent South Carolina family, were abolitionists and women right’s activists.[1] In 1835, Angelina wrote…

Suicide Under Slavery & Trust in God

November 11, 1835 “I hope that my death would leave God thinking something is wrong down here” Annie Coley said it with her teary eyes. Although vast number of slaves successfully escaped from their masters, it was different in Coley’s case.[1] Two weeks ago, she ran away from her slave owner in Virginia, hoping to…

Plantation Life in the South

January 31, 1811 At least I could still recognize their faces, but then the work of human flesh began. In the spring of 1811, when I arrived at a large plantation in North Carolina, the slaves were driven to work from sunrise to sunset. The bitterness that individuals suffered frequently showed through their faces and…

The Agricultural Economy of the South

December 3rd, 1813 Traveling from Baltimore to Wilmington, North Carolina was a surprisingly informative ride. The many houses and people of the city fade away into long expanses of land. As we passed by a variety of farms, the gloomy September sky crept up on us. These farms were oddly clear representations of different walks…