The memoire aims at telling inside story of the act of slavery. It ventures to relate to the unbearable conditions and treatments the slaves were subjected to. Murdering a slave was not an act of approbation. The life of a white man was far more valuable than that of a slave. Resistance to slavery was a natural act. It was at times as spontaneous and sudden that one would term it as an involuntary action. All humans have fundamental right to freedom but African American slaves did not enjoy this basic right. They were treated and belittled in a way that was inhumane (Schneider & Schneider, 2007). The atrocities inflicted upon the slaves were heart wrenching. The memoire ‘Twelve years a slave’ allows us to imagine the pitiful conditions braved by the slaves. The book, very effectively, informs the reader that the slave despite being used to of being treated with contempt and belittling behavior, yearn for respect and equal treatment. They do not become numb to this discriminatory treatment. They sought freedom as much as any other human.
The harsh reality of slavery
Enslaved African Americans raised their voice against the white men enslaving them, quiet often. They held deep feelings of hatred in their hearts. The resistance against the oppressors was anything but hidden. They showed resistance through variety of acts. Day to Day resistance was common. At times they tried to show anger by inflicting some kind of damage to the master’s property. According to the Northup (2012), the slaves did not hesitate to physically hit the white men when enraged. However, this act was not a day to day event. The one who dared to do so was not an ordinary man. He was rather a hero.