The Self Vs. Others Essay

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Henri Frederic Amiel who was a professor of Moral philosophy in Geneva said: “There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self”. American culture has been a significant influence for American literature since it not only has served writers to convey the lives of Americans ancestors, but also to express their thoughts and feelings. Furthermore, American literature shows the “self” with the power exerted by many European Americans against African slaves who were seemed as the others. The power of European Americans over the color population forms part of American’s heritage of discrimination against them, and it is reflected in American literature.
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Covey, who was a slave owner, used a female slave as a breeder: “Mr. Covey bought her from Mr. Thomas Lowe…after buying her, he hired a married man of Mr. Samuel Harrison, to live with him one year, and him he used to fasten up with her every night! The result was…the miserable woman gives births to twins...the children were regarded as being an addition to [Mr. Covey’s] wealth” (1211). As in Equiano’s writing, Douglass’ work was also about the power of white European (Amiel)Americans against African slaves. Douglass talked about his experience as a slave and the aversive situations he had to suffer under the power of European Americans. However, in the situation mentioned above Douglas recalled how the slave owners abused their power to “mate” African slaves, treating them like animals. Hence, they increased the amount of slaves in their possession since any children born from a slave immediately became slaves too. Consequently, white slave owners increased their power, for the reason that during that era whoever owned a considerable amount of slaves was considered wealthy and superior.
“Notes of the State of Virginia, from Query XIV, Laws Slavery” by Thomas Jefferson, also reflected how some European Americans, especially in the Southern regions, used their power to implement their racism against people of color. Jefferson approached the term of slavery by making a comparison between what he called the superiority of the white race, and the uncivilized blacks. He describes...

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