Analysis of Roots of Resistance: Slave Cultures and Communities
Chapter 7 of the book presents the slave culture from the perspective of the negroes. The life of the negroes who were slaves revolved around their family and their master’s family. On more occasion than one, their own personal family life was sacrificed for the cause of their master and his family or even, country. The resistance to slavery seem to have been evolved from the culture and the way the communities interpreted the incidents happening around them. Naturally, the happening around them in terms of the slave culture which involved their own family life; their own love life and the rest of the social and cultural involvements, altered the way the slaves looked at life. And the way these people were enslaved made them to look forward to a place that had equality amongst them.
And this formed the roots of resistance in the hearts of the people.
The family life of the slaves was a restricted existence controlled by the masters as the incidence killing of a boy by his mother reflects. The desperate nature of their own family life, is very well exposed. The family structure was grossly undermined when the slave owners chastised the slave in front of the slave children, says Berlin and Rowland (1997). The slave children were ‘reared’ by the slave owners rather than by their parents. The rules that governed the children were all brought about by the slave owners and this meant that the parents had little or no control in how the children grew up. The extent to which the children were educated or groomed depended on the attitude of the slave owners.
The legal structures in the society and power of the authority were all in favor of the slave owners. This is amply reflected by the incident on the death of the boy and later in the two runaway outlaws. The owners were interested in ensuring that they had their share of the people protected and their own interest taken…