Freedom Short Essay - Answer Key

Orlando Patterson
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1. What are Patterson's three components of freedom?

Freedom, according to Patterson, has three components: personal, sovereignal and civic. With personal freedom, the individual is not dominated by another human. He has the choice of doing what he wants, subject to the wishes of others, which functions as a constraint. Sovereignal freedom more or less defines the slave-slave master relationship. An individual can do what he wants without the constraint of the wishes of others. Freedom is relative in that the more freedom one individual has, the less freedom another has. The third component is the civic component, in which individuals have the freedom to participate in the community and its governance, with their rights and obligations defined.

2. What is slavery? What is a slave-dominated society like?

The underlying theme of slavery is the domination of one entity by another entity. The slave obviously desires freedom and escape from bondage and social death. The slavery-dominated society taunts the slave with this fact. If the slave escapes, members of the society help to recapture him because of the affront to the slave master's honor and dignity.

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