Slavery- Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
How and Why did Slavery Start?
One reason for slavery was the Economy. People with more money took poor black people and put them to work as slaves. It was easier for the masters, they thought slaves were inferior people and not as good of people as the masters were.
When and Where did Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings Start Having Children?
Sally Hemings was Thomas Jefferson's slave "wife"- the one slave he had children with. We do not know exactly when they started having children. It is thought around 1790-1802. We do not know if Sally started having children in France or Monticello.
Did kids get whipped a lot in slavery?
It really depended on who the overseer was at that station. Some would whip the same person multiple times in a single day. Some overseers had different things that made them intimidating or the slaves would call them something. Some was that some overseers carried guns or had intimidating characteristics. One name that the slaves had for a man names William Page was "peevish and ready to strike".
What lesson did we learn from this event?
The lesson I learned was to not let people and laws get in the way of love. If you love someone be with them. It does not matter what color skin they have, what time period it is, or even who with or were your at. Be together!
How does this historical event continue to impact our lives today?
This event impacted our lives today because of the very reason I just said. It taught us to love and be loyal to people you love and even do not love. It taught us to love who we want and to be our own person. Most importantly, slavery. It is wrong and lots of famous people have said so.
Monticello before its restoration-the house Thomas Jefferson lived in on his plantation.
Evitts, William J. Captive Bodies, Free Spirits: The Story of Southern Slavery. New York: J. Messner, 1985. Print.
Macht, Norman L., and Mary Hull. The History of Slavery. San Diego, CA: Lucent, 1997. Print.
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