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American Societies Essay

  • Submitted by: ctalk112
  • on March 18, 2012
  • Category: History
  • Length: 2,536 words

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In the early stages of history, it is clear that countries are shaped by the inhabitants and the way they treat others. In the early years of America, the unequal treatment of African Americans is only rivaled by the separation of social classes, women, and the prominence of business icons. When Thomas Jefferson claimed that all men were equal, it is doubtful that he knew the level of inequality that would spread throughout the United States. In The Domestic Manners of the Americans by Frances Trollope, Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass, and The Life of P.T. Barnum by P.T. Barnum, inequality is highlighted throughout the United States. Through the eyes of Trollope, Douglass, and Barnum it is clear that history did not follow Thomas Jefferson’s idea that all men were created equal.
In the beginning of The Domestic Manners of the Americans, one of the first things Trollope notices in the United States is the inferior treatment of African Americans. Trollope expresses much joy in when she first arrives in New Orleans where she discovers one of her first “objects of interest” (Trollope, 13) in the United States. While visiting a garden, she discovers a young African American woman who is working on the property as a slave (Trollope, 13). Trollope describes her encounter with the slave girl by illustrating the girl as a “little dreamed, poor girl, what deep sympathy she excited” (Trollope, 13). This particular scene is very significant because this is the first time Trollope has ever met a slave, and the fact that she is so quick to see that this girl has little hope in her life suggests that she is treated unfairly compared to the other white Americans that Trollope has met. Also during this encounter, Trollope gets the idea that the girl is subjected to harsh treatment when the slave seemed “amused at our fancying there was something unusual in red pepper pods; she gave us several, and I feared a hard mistress might blame her for it”...

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