1. The four documents analyzed all seem to view the various elements of slavery in a different light. The text takes a more historical approach in conveying what occurred; whereas the other three readings all seem to be written by someone who put their own spin on it. The piece by Olaudah Equiano definitely seems to reveal more of a raw emotion than any intended spin with the purpose of distorting what occurred. However, the document by Hugh Jones (though a former W&M professor) does not seem to give slavery the sense of cruelty and viciousness that it deserves. While Equiano’s writing is obviously more directed at revealing what exactly it was like to be cast into slavery, Jones is attempting to portray the culture that is forming as a result of the massive influx of slaves into the area.
“The Origins of Afro-American Society in Tidewater Maryland and Virginia, 1700-1790” offers yet another view of cultural details. The first thing to realize is that this document is said to have been written in 1978. So while both Equiano and Jones were mainly primary sources, Kulikoff’s piece is very much secondary. Even so, he offers his opinion on slave culture at the time. “They were not communities of people at first and they could only become communities by processes of cultural change. Whatthey shared at the outset was their enslavement; all – or nearly all – else had to be created by them.”
A: In my opinion, if a reader is able to recognize certain biases in a writer, then he/she is also able to decipher the truth from the opinion. For example, assuming that Equiano’s documen
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Slavery, Jones, Slavery In The United States, Olaudah Equiano, The Culture, Slave, Social Status, American Civil War, Culture, Virginia,
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