Compare the treatment of slavery and African-American characters, comparative essay help


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Write a well-developed essay (1,000-1,250 words) in response to the following topic:

Compare the treatment of slavery and African-American characters in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Beloved. Support your claims using specific passages from the text.

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It would be imperative to note that the development of black literature in the USA has
often focused on the ills of slavery, which is often regarded as one of the darkest periods in
humanity. The introduction of slavery in 1619 marked the beginning of a period in which human
rights would be trampled on and the African Americans would be treated in inhumane actions,
and they would be viewed as property and as lesser human beings. When looks at the two books
that are under focus, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Beloved, they try to portray slavery from a

different perspective, but it would be important to understand that slavery, despite any
justifications that exist, whether, for political, economic or social reasons, slavery remains one of
the darkest periods of human history. One of the major quotes that have been attributed by James
Henry Hammond when he talks of white superiority as ‘In all social systems, there must be a
class to do the menial duties, to perform the drudgery of life. That is a class requiring but a low
order of intellect and but little skill. Its requisites are vigor, docility, fidelity, such a class you
must have, or you would not have that other class which leads progress, civilization, and
refinement…’ before going on to describe the African American race as ‘…race inferior to her
own, but eminently qualified in temper, in vigor, in docility, in capacity to stand the climate, to
answer all her purposes. We use them for our purpose, and call them slaves’ (Hammond, 230).
The implication that the African American slaves are people of low intellect compared to their
white counterparts is not only misplaced but also the premise upon which slavery was founded
on. It just shows the flawed way of thinking in which the slave masters were trying to justify
their actions.
In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, there are a lot of arguments that have been developed but it would
be imperative to mention that it is wide to have been as a direct response to the Fugitive Slave
Act of 1850. In one of the most quoted rejoinders in the book, she remarks that ‘these men and
Christians cannot know what slavery is if they did, such a question could never be open for
discussion’ (Stowe, 482). It would be vital that in the book, Stowe is inspired by the works and
life of Fredrick Douglass, who was one of the figures that were very instrumental in the fight
against slavery. The book created a lot of controversies, not just politically but also
geographically. The inclination being that the Northern states were not for the slavery while the

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