Summary and Analysis Project

By Sohan Bhuiyan

The picture above represents the mind of George Weems and how simple it is for him to negotiate offers with his buyers. 

Chapter 2: "The Seller"

Analysis:In the novel Day of Tears, Julius Lester displays the racial tension between Caucasian and African American during American slavery through the historical lense. Most Slaves were mistreated and looked upon differently by their master or other whites. In chapter two “ The Dining Room”, Pierce and the slave-seller were talking about the slave auction. While talking, Emma caught the eyes of the slave-seller.

The racial tension opens when Master Pierce’s wetnurse turns out to be Mattie’s mother. Mattie and Pierce grew up together when they were young. They felt like sibling even though they were from two different families. But now, Pierce looks at Mattie as his slave than a sister. Sarah on the other hand,views her slaves as a family. Also she is best friends with her slave, Emma.

Throughout the novel, many of the slaves had their share of conflicts with others. For example, Mr. Henry, a white caucasian store owner, offered Emma and Joe a offer to help them escape from slavery and attain their own freedom. However, Emma did not trust him and thought this was just a trap because he was white. It shows how suspicious slaves were to trust whites when it came to freedom.

In conclusion, Julius Lester use of the historical lense displays how both races looks at each other differently. While Butler and the slave seller looks at the slaves as nothing but inventory and possession, Sarah looks at them as family, and family stick together.

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In chapter two

       Chapter 2 began with Master Butler and the slave-seller having a conversation about the upcoming slave auction. Mrs.Butler recently divorced Pierce but Pierce got the opportunity to keep his two daughters, Frances and Sarah. Frances shares her father's desire of owning a plantation when she grows older. Sarah on the other hand, is Emma's best friend. She hated slavery and wanted nothing to do with it, just like her mother.

     During the conversation, the slave-seller also known as George Weems, had his eyes on Emma. He thinks she could be sold for a big stack of cash but Pierce was not going to sell Emma. George wants to spread his reputation throughout the south. Through his eyes, slaves are nothing but inventory that can be sold as any other items. His method of selling slaves is to lure the buyer to think they are buying a slave of high quality even though they are not.

       Soon after talking about different types of gambling such as weather, George asked what was the plan of Pierce after the auction. Pierce replied of going back to his house in Philadelphia. He says he would not sell his slaves away if he did not have his gambling debts. George did not respect a man who cares about they slaves. After the conversation is done, Pierce tells his daughters to get ready to go to the auction.

   In the novel Day of Tears, Julius Lester displays the racial tension between Caucasian and African American slaves during American slavery through the historical lens. Most Slaves were mistreated and looked upon differently by their master or other whites. In chapter two “ The Dining Room”, it shows the different racial perspective through the characters.

                                                               ANALYSIS

    In Chapter two, the racial tension opens up when Master Pierce’s wetnurse turns out to be Mattie’s mother. Mattie and Pierce grew up together when they were young. They felt like sibling even though they were from two different families. But now, Pierce looks at Mattie as his slave than a sister. Sarah on the other hand,views her slaves as a family and  she is best friends with her slave, Emma.

   Throughout the novel, many of the slaves had their share of conflicts with others. For example, Mr. Henry, a white caucasian store owner, offered Emma and Joe a offer to help them escape from slavery and attain their own freedom. However, Emma did not trust him and thought this was just a trap because he was white. It shows how suspicious slaves were to trust whites when it came to freedom.

   In conclusion, Julius Lester use of the historical lens displays how both races looks at each other differently. While Butler and the slave seller looks at the slaves as nothing but inventory and possession, Sarah looks at them as family. In our society now, you can definitely tell how change of others has changed over the years. Now we view each other as equal races than back in the 1800, most Caucasians taught they were more infernal over African Americas. 

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