To Be a Slave - Chapter 4, Resistance to Slavery - 1 Summary & Analysis

Julius Lester
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Chapter 4, Resistance to Slavery - 1 Summary

Slaves stayed in slavery by force and the use of brainwashing. The masters would beat, whip, sell, or kill slaves that did not comply with the rules or expectations. The use of brainwashing was an effective method that "destroyed the slave's mind and replaced it with the mind of his master." This method taught slaves that they were better off as a slave and that it was for "their own good." With this latter method, slaves would police themselves. The slaves were "dehumanized" by not having their own last names but rather took the last names of their current owner. Most slaves had two or three last names during their lives. Slaves were addressed by masters as "Whose nigger are you?" instead of the more respected "Who are you?" expression. This matter of address kept...

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