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Examine the films Roots and Glory, as well as music videos of Public Enemy; how do they portray slavery and black-white relationships in nineteenth-century America? Discuss the films and videos in terms of Douglass' Narrative
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Douglass thought the songs ironic because the slaves would sometimes, "sing the most pathetic sentiment in the most rapturous tone, and the most rapturous sentiment in the most pathetic tone."
Thomas Auld violates the rule of decency that expects slaves to be properly fed, and that they be provided with enough to eat. Auld allowed his slaves to go hungry, even to the point that they begged and stole from their neighbors.