Hampton-Preston Mansion and Slavery
Slave as defined by the dictionary means that a slave is a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another; a bond servant. So why is it that every time you go and visit a historical place like the Hampton-Preston mansion in Columbia South Carolina, the Lowell Factory where the mill girls work in Massachusetts or the Old town of Williamsburg Virginia they only talk about the good things that happened at these place, like such things as who owned them, who worked them, how they were financed and what life was like for the owners. They never talk about the background information of the lower level people like the slaves or servants who helped take care and run these places behind the scenes. It’s like many things in life; people only want to hear about the good things that come with these places because they might not be able to handle the whole truth. But when talking about history we have to be able to learn from each other’s mistakes from the past, but we must not only teach about the good but also teach about the bad material as well, like how the mill girls were treated and how the slave and servants were treated at Williamsburg and the Hampton- Preston Mansion. Slave number in the South Carolina rose dramatically between the 1700s through the mid-1800s leading up to the Civil War, from about 1790 which there was a little more than 103,000 to roughly 335,000 by 1840 which means there was actually more African American in South Carolina then there were whites. They used slaves for such things as cultivating rice fields, cotton fields and other chores around the plantation that the owner need them to do before the day was over. Slavery was a very lucrative business because each slave was worth a lot of money; so with slaves being worth a great deal of money it seems like the owners should have taken care of them better than what the general public has learned either in school or from reading research books. It...
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