No gaudy slave to a fair one's brow Was the rose, or the ruby, or emerald now, But lighted with souls by the playful elves, The brilliants and blossoms seemed dancing themselves.
However, such, a supposition was heterodox; every slave must desire freedom; a slave who does not wish to be free is an impossibility.
Following the thousand details of the life of the people, we shall see the slave become serf, and the serf become peasant.
The slave who dances, unconscious of degradation on the auction-block, is at once the greatest stimulus and the bitterest discouragement of the antislavery reformer: so women, contented in ignominious dependence, restless even to insanity from the need of healthy employment and the perversion of their instincts, and confessedly looking to marriage for salvation, are at once a stimulus to exertion, and an obstacle in our way.
[Footnote B: Loss.] * * * * * Note, at page 63; According to the laws of Jamaica, printed in London, in 1756, "If any slave having been one whole year in this island, (says an act,
"When I paid the money, I felt constrained to testify that I could in no degree sanction the principle that man could hold property in man; that the slaves were our equals by creation, and for their salvation, equally with ours, did Christ leave the right hand of the Father to suffer on the cross.
But, in proportion as labour is performed by free hands, slave labour becomes less productive; and the slave is then a useless or an onerous possession, whom it is important to export to those Southern States where the same competition is not to be feared.
Slaves were cheap labour that made it possible to get the work done at low cost while maximizing profits.
The New Orleans Mercantile Advertiser says: "Seven poor unfortunate slaves were foundsome chained to the floor, others with chains around their necks, fastened to the ceiling; and one poor old man, upwards of sixty years of age, chained hand and foot, and made fast to the floor, in a kneeling position.
The youth kissed the ground, and beseeching pardon for his life, replied, "This slave is the daughter of your majesty's wazir; my father came under the royal anger on account of this very khwaja's rubies, and your majesty's orders were, that if in one year my father's words should not be verified, he should be put to death.
The slave-holder refuses to acknowledge that his slave is a member of the same body as himself; but he does not go unpunished: the degradation to which he has brought his slave degrades him, by throwing open to him.
The vast estates and large fortunes that once maintained, and were maintained by, the serfdom of hundreds of negroes, have dwindled in size and sunk in value, till the slaves have become so heavy a burthen on the resources of the exhausted soil and impoverished owners of it, that they are made themselves objects of traffic in order to ward off the ruin that their increase would otherwise entail.
Slaves are we, Spoils that the Greek hath won!
The slave, rather than the companion of man, she knew not that, were the storehouse of knowledge opened for her, she could come forward and stand on an equality with the "proud lord of creation!"
No nation had ever before conceived the notion that to make a man a slave was a crime.
He decided that the returned slaves and Ngatiawa fugitives were the true owners of the land.
Deprived thus of helpful advice and instruction, the slaves became the object of pity not only to abolitionists of the North but also to some southerners.
CHAPTER XV PLANTATION LABOR WHILE produced only in America, the plantation slave was a product of old-world forces.
In America, a slave is a standing monument of the tyranny and inconsistency of human governments.
Freemen white or black might be convenient as auxiliaries, and were indeed employed in many instances whether on annual contract as blacksmiths and the like or temporarily as emergency helpers in the fields; but negro slaves were the standard composition of the gangs.
He deplored the fact that the slaves who were the subjects of such instruction became the victims of still greater cruelty, while the missionaries who endeavored to enlighten them were neglected and even persecuted by the masters.
This official felt that Monday, the slave of Mr. Gill, was the most daring conspirator.
Slaves were the persons intended.
Toiling or resting, the Southern slaves were singers.
The first slaves of white men were Indians.
That no negro slave, imported as such from Africa, and no descendant of such slave, can ever be a citizen of any State, in the sense of that term as used in the Constitution of the United States.
In short, planters must guard their slaves' health and life as among the most vital of their own interests; for while crops were merely income, slaves were capital.
A slave was in the eye of the law not a persona, but a res, i.e. he had no rights as a human being, could not marry or hold property, but was himself simply a piece of property which could be conveyed (res mancipi).
The Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave is the first fugitive slave narrative in American history.
"The white slaves, among the Romans, were often their rarest artists; they excelled too in science, insomuch as to be usually employed as tutors to their masters' children.
Manifestly not; even though no proof existed that the particular slaves killed were insurgents.
Will a slave be any comfort to you when things go wrongas they surely will?
The slaves who were exposed in the marketplaces, therefore, were generally the overplus not desired in the harems of those who had captured them in war; and as the most beautiful brought the highest market-price, the public exhibitions of the poor unfortunates drew thither crowds of gaping peoplesome merely curious, some intent on business.
The slave-world was utterly different; the Roman slave was a piece of household furniture, the Attic slave was a servant.
The king asked with great complacency, 'Of what country are you a princess, and for what reasons are you come here?' "The princess, after making her obeisance, replied, 'This slave is that offender who in consequence of the royal anger was sent to this wilderness, and all these things which your majesty sees are the wonderful works of God.'
Though slaves were property, and valuable on that account, the whites seemed to think that their own lives were in danger, and to be protected first.
THE SLAVES ARE WRETCHEDLY SHELTERED AND LODGED.
But Time is made for slaves, and the only slave upon the Argosy was Moussa Isa, and so the becalming was neither here nor there.
Nay more, slaves were schoolmasters, secretaries, actors, musicians, and physicians, for in intelligence they were often on an equality with their masters.
On the other hand, if a slave is a good handicraftsman, he is able to earn more than his master demands; such instances are, however, rare.
The truest hearts that ever bled, Who sleep on glory's brightest bed, A fearless host; No slave is here;our unchained feet Walk freely, as the waves that beat Our coast.
Not a few slaves in cities were mechanics, clerks, and overseers.
Before Christ came, no one dared to say, for no one believed, that the soul of every man, and still less the soul of every woman and child, was of worth to God, that even a slave might become a son of the Most High.
"The slaves were Mr. Dorsey's family group, he and his wife were very considerate in all their dealings.
'Even slaves were always at liberty to fear, rejoice, and grieve at their own, rather than another's, pleasure.
The Black slave and servants in Kentucky and elsewhere in the South have frequently been the agents through which the minds of white children have been sown with these supernatural beliefs, some of which have remained permanently with them.
The two Slaves are Tharni and Tharrabas.]
For carrying on an olive farm of two hundred and forty jugera, thirteen slaves are necessary, to-wit: an overseer, a housekeeper, five labourers, three teamsters, an ass driver, a swineherd and a shepherd: for carrying on a vineyard of one hundred jugera, fifteen slaves are necessary, to-wit: an overseer, a housekeeper, ten labourers, a teamster, an ass driver and a swineherd.
And then, by the laws of slave states, and by the testimony of slaveholders and others, the kind, quantity, and quality, of their allowance will be given, and the reader left to judge for himself whether the slave must not be a sufferer.
All slaves are natives."