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Black Masters Essay

  • Submitted by: sman
  • on December 15, 2008
  • Category: History
  • Length: 1,939 words

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Born in 1790 by a slave mother, probably on his owner’s plantation about forty miles of the High Hills, William Ellison’s life began just like any other slave born children at that time. Before I start talking about the main essay question I’d like to give a little bit of history of Ellison’s life and how it made him so successful among other Negroes. In the early 19th century when slavery in the South Carolina was tremendously expending, every child that was born from a slave mother was automatically a slave and a master’s property. It is believed that Ellison’s father was a white man by the name Robert Ellison, therefore William was a mulatto. Robert Ellison was a master himself and had owned quite a few slaves at that time, but William Ellison was definitely the most talented of them. Because of Ellison’s hard work, craft, color, and talent he was able to work overtime and collect enough extra money to purchase himself out. There was no other evidence that his master have ever freed any other slave for their hard work. It was completely clear that something more than just Ellison’s talent, color, and craft have made him special in the eyes of his master Robert Ellison.
    During the time of his slavery, William Ellison learned a lot of useful skills besides the cotton gin making business. Some of the other valuable skills that he learned were: basic math, reading, accounting, and the most important skill that Ellison obtained was the skill of dealing with white community. Because of the Ellison’s slave status he knew that whites had every right over him. He knew that he was simply their property and he knew his future will depend primarily on his relationships with his white master and the white community in general. Therefore that was the most valuable and later one the most important skill that helped Ellison to thrive in his business and gain such a success in his community.
    During the late 1700’s and early 1800’s American Revolution played a big role...

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