My Journey As a Slave

My Journey As a Slave

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  • I was sold to a small plantation owner in 1850 as a laborer, receiving just enough to live and work. Along with other slaves, I was supervised by and worked with my master. We would sing songs of freedom to pass the time.
  • 3 more hours, men.
  • (Singing) Oh freedom over me! And before I'd be a slave I'll be buried in my grave and go home to my Lord and be free.
  • A few weeks later, my master suddenly died in an accident, so I was sold to a new slave owner. I was sent to the domestic slave trade where I was forced to travel by foot to a large cotton plantation a few miles away.
  • This is your new plantation, and this is your master.
  • Follow me to where you will be staying.
  • I began as a slave laborer working in the fields and was whipped by my overseer when I didn’t complete an acceptable amount of work. I rarely saw my master because he hired overseers who would force us to work as long as they wanted.
  • This will teach you respect. You will do as I say.
  • After a few months of hard work, my master trusted and respected me, so I became the head driver of one of the slave laborer groups. However, I still worked under the overseer.
  • Keep working... Finish collecting the cotton in the field over there and we will meet our goal for the day.
  • ...go home to my Lord and be free...
  • After a year I replaced one of the master’s unreliable house servants. That job was physically easier because I was assigned domestic tasks rather than laborious back-breaking work.
  • Time to start cooking, and when you're finished with that, you can clean the living room.
  • Yes sir, and your daughter is all cleaned up from her fall.
  • I am free!
  • Finally I bought my freedom, but as a black man in America, I faced many challenges such as finding a job and being accepted by whites. it’s better to be free than a slave.
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