Locke and Douglas possessed distinguishable perceptions of the reason for slavery. Locke believed that the purpose of slavery was to reprimand someone for committing a crime worthy of death as the punishment. He also believed that the criminal should be enslaved until the hardship of his slavery outweighs the quality of his life. At this point, it is up to the slave to disobey his master in order to be put to death. On the other hand, Douglas expresses the fact that slavery was merely to benefit wealthy white plantation owners and their families. Slaves were either used to complete manual labor in the fields of the slave owner's plantation or to complete tasks inside the home, such as cooking, cleaning and child rearing. Locke's thoughts on the purpose of slavery and Douglas's reality were drastically different.
Locke had different beliefs from Douglas about who should and who actually became slaves. Locke believed anyone who... [continues]
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