It is sad that some people believe slavery doesn’t exist anymore, they think that after the North beat the South BOOM slavery gone! But, nope sadly that is not the case. The general idea when people say slavery is African Americans under the control of white people in America. Well there was slavery all throughout the history of time, before America and after America there has always been slavery. The Egyptians for example, the giant beautiful pyramids, slaves. Your giant shiny diamond necklace 90% sure it was a slave. Right now we are far from the end of slavery and throughout the history of slavery, it has not changed it is still cruel, unjust, and horrible. In the book Frederick Douglass An American Slave he writes about what it is like to live as a slave and I’ll be making connections from modern slavery to the book with differences and similarities.
In article number one “In March there was an explosion causing a total of forty two deaths.” Accidents happen a lot in factories especially in China. There are so many factory workers working in very poor conditions, with so many people willing to take the dirt poor job there is no need to improve the conditions. Their lives don’t matter because they can be replaced at any time and aren’t worth much over there because of how poor they are. In the book Frederick Douglass he says “ that is was worth a half-cent to kill a “nigger” and half-cent to bury one.” This quote means African American lives meant nothing back then. They were easy to just buy and keep restocking. These scenarios are similar because their lives don’t matter because of how poor they both are. They aren’t worth much and both easily replaced because they are slaves.
In article number two it says “Education suffers, because parents encourage their children as young as eleven to dig or sieve instead of going to school.” This is very similar to Frederick case in where he was never taught how to read but was only worked physically, but only when Frederick decided he wanted to learn to read he did it. It was no easy path for him he had to use many different methods to learn for example “This bread I bestow upon the hungry little urchins, who , in return, would give me that more valuable bread of knowledge.” In the article working brought in barely any food and was better to work than go to school because school costed money and was mainly for the rich. In both cases the slaves are deprived of education and are just forced to work from a young age.
Slavery is still around today and connecting these points has gave me more insight on how terrible slavery is. Frederick showed me how bad slave’s living conditions really were when I thought I already knew. Researching other slaves helped show that slaves are still being treated in similar ways even today. I learned a lot more than I thought I would and how slavery still affects the world today.
Source 1: Diamond blood mines
Source 2: Child labor in China