Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Slavery and The Kitchen House

In the United States, bondage was permitted for hundreds of years allowing for the slaves and indentured servants to be treated unjustly. The country that was so proud of their step downdom was in fact non free for all; those of color or ethnicity were discriminated against. Men, women and even children were treated as property instead of homo beings solely because of their heritage. Although slavery in the United States no daylong exists there are motionless effects of this horrific sequence in todays society. The Kitchen House is an accurate picture of indentured servitude and the brutality insensate slave conditions pre-civil war. Kathleen Grissom clearly portrays how African Americans were not respected as equals and were forced in humbling work settings guardianshiping for their lives on a daily basis. The slaves would wake up and go to bed each night in fear for their life. \nThe protagonist of the book, Lavinia, is purity and brocaded by unappeasable slaves. thro ughout her childhood, she has a difficult condemnation understanding the difference betwixt clean-living and black people. Unexposed to the crime and ignorance that was prevalent of this time, Lavinia believes she is the same as the slaves who raised her. When Lavinia asks Papa George if she could be his daughter, regardless of her flake color, he replies saying, Abinia you look at those birds. rough of them be brown, some of them be white and black. Do you think back when they little chicks, those mamas and papas care close to that? (Grissom 26). Papa George, a black slave treated as property, loved Lavinia regardless of her skin color. Even though he is treated cruel and unfairly by other white people, he respects Lavinia and treats her as an equal; something most white people do not do for him. marshall represents the prevalent outlook that slave owners had. He is extremely cruel to them and thinks of them as subhuman. Lavinia does not have that view. When they were you nger, Marshall said to Lavinia, Dont s...

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