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12 years a slave paper

by: Clarissa Dennis

12 years a slave paper HIST 1110 - 850

Clarissa Dennis
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This is my paper that I wrote about the 12 years a slave movie which covers the essay requirements.
American History to 1865
Jeremiah Bauer
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Date Created: 08/11/16
1 of5 Clarissa Dennis US History to 1865 Twelve YearsASlave Paper Slavery has always been a shadow of our Nation, even after it was abolished over one hundred years ago. Today, there areAfricanAmericans who feel that slavery never ended, that it has only changed its techniques. There has been the rise of the Black Lives Matter campaign, as well as the New Black Panther Party. ManyAfricanAmericans still blame whites presently for the treatment of their ancestors, yet they don’t acknowledge that it was the white men of the Northern States who helped them become free.Although slave owners weren’t innocent, many of them treated their slaves differently.Attitudes of slave owners varied from respectable to horrendous, which all depended on their heritage. Solomon Northup was born a free man in Saratoga, New York, but lost his freedom in got him drunk and sold him to a slaver named Freeman.Although Soloman was born a free man, he didn’t have his papers to prove it, so he was beaten by a strange white man to make him accept the fact that he was indeed a slave. Solomon eventually joined other slaves that were going to be sold off with him at a slave operation.As the selling of the slaves took place, some of them were striped of their clothes while others wore them. While Freemen was showing off certain “beauties” that he had, he talked about them as if they were animals. While some white men who were interested in buying treated the slaves as pure objects, one man treated them as people. This man was Ford, a slave owner whose labor was lumber. Ford gained immediate interest in Soloman because he had a strong body build and could play the fiddle. He also needed a housemaid, so he was interested in Eliza.As Ford announced that he was going to purchase both 2 of5 Soloman and Eliza, Eliza became frantic and was begging Ford not to separate her from her children. Eliza’s son was already holding the interest of a buyer, so the only child Ford could take was her daughter. Surprisingly, Ford attempted to talk Freeman into letting the young girl be purchased with her mother, but it lead to a strong denial. Freeman only seemed annoyed due to the fact that Eliza was distraught that she would never see her children again, whereas Ford was upset and uncomfortable with the fact that he was the reason they were being separated. The emotional difference between Ford and Freemen at this time shows an obvious opposite standing between the two men. While most of the other white men on the room were just irritated with the crying woman, you could see the sadness in the eyes of Ford. Later, in the film it shows Soloman and Eliza arriving at Ford’s plantation with other slaves, and it clearly shows that Eliza is still distraught about losing her children. Even Ford’s wife seems to understand what Eliza is going though, and shows sympathy for her. Both Ford and his wife expressed concern for the well being of their slaves, while most of the other whites whom have crossed paths with Soloman so far have not. Everything seems to be going alright for Soloman, he is given food, a place to sleep and good treatment. He refers to Ford now as Master Ford, which makes me believe that he has respect for him. Soloman will do anything to keep Master Ford happy with him, so he helps him solve an issue with transportation down stream. SOloman suggests to cut the logs to certain dimensions and then tie them together, commenting that he helped construct a canal in New York. Soloman pushes aside the overseers plan, making him furious with him. Tibeats is proud to be a white man, always loud and in charge of the slaves. By Soloman overriding his authority, Tibeats feels highly disrespected. Tibetan becomes even more furious when Soloman’s plan 3 of5 works, making Soloman seem more intelligent than a white man. Master Ford is so proud of the work that Soloman had done that he gave him his own fiddle.Awhite man complementing and awarding his slave is looked down upon by most Southerners at the time. Since Tibeats is an overseer, he believes that Soloman will do everything that he says to do. Tibeats is so upset about Soloman making him look unintelligent that he tries to whip him over a confrontation about a can of nails. Soloman doesn’t put up with his punishment because he think its ridiculous, he he turns on Tibeats, beating him and whipping him. Being rewarded by a white man is one thing, but hitting a white man is an entire different situation.The head overseer runs off Tibeats, warning Soloman not to leave because he can’t protect him. Tibetan later returns with two white men who have come to lynch Soloman for his actions, and again the head overseer prevents them from killing him. However, the head overseer does;t cut Soloman down, he leaves him to hang there barely standing, and struggling to breathe for hours. In my understanding, the head overseer left Soloman hanging there to send a message that you will still be punished for denying a white man, even if you thought it was the right thing to do. He’s saying that white men are more powerful than slaves, and he is trying to send a message to Soloman to not disrespect whites.Although Tibeats was in the wrong in my eyes, the overseer understood why he was doing what he did. In fact, it seems that the overseer and Tibeats relate to each other in such a way to show the slaves that the white men are in charge.At first, the head overseer didn’t seem like a slaver, he changed his image by leaving Soloman to hang for hours on end. Eventually, Master Ford comes around and cuts Soloman down from the tree, bringing him inside his house for safety. Master Ford expresses his understanding to Soloman, but then abruptly changes when he informs him that he has sold him to a cotton plantation owner named Epps because he has to 4 of5 pay his debts. Soloman thought that Master Ford was different, that he did’t believe in slavery and that he was a good man. By Ford selling off Soloman for money, it shows that he doesn’t care enough about Soloman, that he’s only worth money to him.Although, Ford kindly warns him that Epps is known for his bad treatment of his slaves. Soloman is sold off to Master Epps, down to Louisiana near the Red River. Epps makes it clear that he is up for a whipping anytime, and that he is the top dog. It seems that every Sunday Epps holds service for his saves, and twists the Bibles words into justifying his treatment of them by saying that it is God’s commands. This is a mental way of manipulating his slaves by making them think that to God, they are just objects, not people with emotions. Epps not only terrorizes them mentally, but physically by having them whipped for punishment. If a slave doesn’t get an average amount of cotton picked, they are sent out to be whipped, which occurs every day. Soloman was often whipped because he wasn’t picking enough cotton. Unlike Master Ford, Epps thinks very lowly of his slaves. He doesn’t bother to get their opinion on anything and believes that they never speak the truth. One example from the movie is when Patsy went to a different plantation to get soap without Epps knowledge. Epps was full of mixed emotions, ranging from furious to absolutely delirious. When Patsy returned, she told Epps where she went and why, she even had the soap to prove it, but he wouldn’t hear of it. He summoned all the slaves to watch Patsy be whipped, and decided to force Soloman to do his bidding and whip her. Out of all of the white men that Soloman has encountered in his journey so far, Epps wasn’t only the cruelest but also he most evil of them all.Alarge difference between Ford and Epps is that Ford acts like an actual human with emotions, where Epps acts like a soulless being. 5 of Luckily, Soloman meets a man named Bass from Canada who is helping the slaves build a small house. Bass bluntly states to Epps that he is fully and highly against slavery, and that it is very wrong. Epps basically says you have a right to feel that way, but that’s not stopping me from owning any slaves. Bass and Soloman work together a lot on this building project, and get to know each other. Once Soloman learns where Bass comes from, he realizes he has a sympathizer on his hands and is going to take a shot for his freedom. Soloman informs Bass of his situation and Bass agrees to help him once he leaves Epps plantation. It seems like a long time has passed and Soloman is losing hope of gaining his freedom, when suddenly while working in the field a sheriff approaches him. Soloman proves who he is to the sheriff by telling him his name, his family members names and by identifying his friend Mr. Parker. Epps is furious and attempts to keep Soloman at the plantation, but he runs to Mr. Parker, and his freedom awaits him. Of course, he has to say goodbye to Patsy, his only real friend while at Epps plantation. Pasty is distraught because while Soloman is earning his freedom, she is losing her only true friend that she has in her dismal life. There is a large difference between Epps and Bass, mainly due to the fact that Epps if for slavery and Bass is strongly against it. In conclusion, this film overall depicts the difference that slave owners have, from the work that they have their slaves to, to the treatment that they give them. It seems that the deeper south you go, the worse treatment and situations you will be in. The film 12 Years A Slave does an excellent job at showing how differently each white man treated slaves, unlike most slavery movies. This film shows both a respectable slave owner and a horrendous slave owner, along with other good and evil white men along the way.


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