After the first lecture, I was excited about the class and impressed with the
professors approach to teaching. His attitude toward the subject was enthusiastic
and intellectual. His enthusiasm for the subject and for scrutinizing facts gave
the course credibility.
Slavery has been so widespread that it is almost impossible to find a separation
between progress and some kind of slavery in most societies. Over the centuries,
enslavement has been justified for many different reasons religion,
ethnicity, heritage and class. But all of these justifications point to the real
motive behind every form of enslavement: economic advantage. Slavery is usually a
deliberate attempt by a wealthy group of people to get access to a cheap labor
Slavery is significant for American history because it highlights the beginning of
the racial and economic tensions our society still struggles with today.
Maybe because I am not completely American and not completely black American,
there are important issues I cant discern. But I dont really think that is the
case. To live in a society, but not really belong to it, is the ultimate
contradiction. But it is also the most lucid form of reality.
Coming to this country as a person of African heritage, I am endowed with all
kinds of characteristics, history and traits that no more belong to me than they
belong to any immigrant of any other ethnicity from any other country.