20juna - Forge

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20juna - Forge

Bellingham uses his position as a White man to control Curzon. One example is shown when the court is deciding if Curzon is free or a slave is best described as "Bellingham lied... painting [Curzon] as a troublemaker and a malcontent who near ruined all the fellows in his company with [Curzon's] evil habits... The vote was two against one" (Anderson 165). This explains that Bellingham can lie and be believed, respected, and own Curzon because he is a White man. If Bellingham and Curzon switched skin colors, then most likely, the results for Curzon's freedom would've been in his favor. Another example when Bellingham uses his position as a White man to control Curzon is when he explains to Curzon, "Every time you behave improperly, [Isabel] will suffer. If you deserve a slap, I shall slap her. If you earn a night in the stocks, she will serve out the term. And if you are stupid enough to run away, her pain Curzon, will never end" (Anderson 196). In this event, Bellingham uses his position as a White man to control Curzon by stating that Curzon's punishments will be given to Isabel. Because Isabel is someone he loves, he is entrapped, and forced to obey Bellingham.

What causes Eben's views on race and freedom to change?

How and why does Burns make trouble for Curzon?

How does Bellingham use his position as a White man to control Curzon?

Burns makes trouble for Curzon in many different ways because of Curzon's skin color. An example of Burns's hatred towards Curzon is shown when Curzon explains that, "'Burns lunged for me...When I finally woke up, my boots were gone, my belly hurt wicked, and my skull felt like it had been hit with a hammer"' (Anderson 137). This creates the understanding that Burns abuses Curzon and gets away with it. Burns carries out these actions to make Curzon feel miserable. The reason for these actions are shown when Burns explains to Curzon, "'I've already told [captain] what a troublemaker you are. He is not fond of dark-skinned soldiers...He thinks it's against the laws of nature. Anything you say, he'll take for a lie"' (Anderson 137). This demonstrates that Burns targets Curzon because Curzon is dark-skinned. Burns obtains the confidence to carry out abusive actions towards Curzon because he understands that the captain will not believe Curzon, for he is dark-skinned. This shows acts of racism and discrimination in Burns, and according to Burns's words, also the captain.

Yankee Doodle

Eben's main reason for changing his view on race and freedom is Curzon. Eben's thoughts on race and freedom in the beginning are, "Two slaves running away from their rightful master is not the same as America wanting to be free of England. Not the same at all" (Anderson 65). This explains that Eben thinks slaves do not deserve freedom, it was God who chose to make someone's life bound to slavery, and only white people and black people not bound to slavery deserve to enjoy freedom. The development of Eben's thoughts on race and freedom is shown when, "[Eben and the others] knew [Curzon would] try to run one of these days. [They] talked about it and decided [they'd] help, if they could" (Anderson 219-220) This means that in the end, Eben helps Curzon run away even though he knows that Curzon is a slave. Eben reached a conclusion that every person deserves freedom, including slaves.

Thursday, Deceember 25, 1777"To see men without cloathes to cover their nakedness, without blankets to lay on, without shoes, by which their marches might be traced by the blood from their feet... And at Christmas taking up their winter quarters within a day's march of the enemy, without a house or hutt to cover them till they could be built...is a mark of patience and obedience which in my opinion can scarce be parallel'd."-George Washington, letter to John Banister

Saturday, February 14, 1778"The man that says slaves be quite happy in slavery - that they don't want to be free - that man is either ignorant or a lying person.-Mary Prince, born 1778, the first woman to write about her life in slavery


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