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Slavery did not function as many people now think it did It was not as large-scale as it is imagined to be and was very systematic Our textbook tells a lot about how it worked but it did not tell us of the brutality and harsh reality that went along with the system Douglas though did reveal this to us From his experience and the textbook we learn of slaverys effects and of the difference between city slaves and plantation slaves However Douglas stories do differ from what the textbook teaches us Slavery was not what it is pictured to be like in the movies There were no more than a handful of extremely wealthy slaveholders Few slave owners had hundreds of slaves a lot of land and a long tree-lined driveway leading up to a huge wonderful mansion Most of them worked hard on the fields side-by-side with their slaves Slaves either worked on a specific task and when they finished they were done for the day or they were divided into groups and worked for as long as the slaved river saw fit They worked in the fields of staple crops like cotton and rice But slavery was a business it was organized and precise Products were produced and money was made Except it was not nearly anything like the businesses of the North Slaves had no rights they were property they were animals Douglas shows us the evils of slavery when he tells us that he and other slaves were lined up with the animals as well as the belongings and possessions of his late master and were examined to determine their value The textbook does not show us these evils as well as Douglass does The effect slavery had on the master and the slave was division in two forms One was that the whites and the blacks were further separated as slavery continued Deep lines of division were drawn between
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