American Civil War, A Letter From A Slave

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American Civil WarMidterm Response #310/7/2014Dear Mr. Brown,I have thought long and hard about your request and here is my reply, I am very much interested in the idea of freedom. But first you must understand that I was born a slave, raised in the fiery sun of the South. I am the proud mother of three beautiful children and a proud wife of a strong and honest man. As of right now this is all I know, but I know there is more to life than this. I know there is more to offer my children than this. Being a slave, I am blessed already that I can read and write and that I get through each day with my head bent low keeping from master's ever watchful eye; but now you ask me to move from my safe corner in the shadows and go into to the sun. I have but one question, how will you protect me and my family, if this slave uprising goes all wrong? With no guarantee of my safety, I cannot take this decision lightly it is not only my life I am concerned with but the life of my kids and husband, of which I place at a much higher value than my own.But I must stand up against the monster who owns my family and me, the man who has no humanity in his soul. I truly wish to free myself from him, and tell the world the real horrors that happen behind closed doors. I am very familiar with your work and your ideals, but I am also familiar with those you oppose you. Oh yes I am fully aware of those that oppose you for instance George Fitzhugh. I managed to sneak away a copy of Cannibals All! By Fitzhugh, from my masters library. My master is not a very well versed man, but he likes to collect works that might justify the reason why we are rightfully his. The reason I brought this up to show you that I am fully aware of the ideals our opponent's views and ideals. It does not amazes me that there are those who believes that it is better to be slave then to be free. I remember reading in Cannibals All! Fitzhugh saying that the poorly paid Jamaican Negro workers were in all respects worse off than when in slavery! How absurd! If the public truly knew what it is like to not have control over one's own breath than they would think differently. That one's body is not even yours; that your master can choose to neglect his beautiful and wealthy wife, to seduce and...

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