Pre-colonial literature and culture were inspired by the slave trade, murder and radical religion. We can see the effects of these atrocities in current American culture. A major activity in all of human existence is the slave trade – the buying , selling and transportation of people who do manual labor for little to no money or reward as seen in the Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. Although owning a human being is illegal and immoral in our current society, the effects of this brutal trade are still evident. Prejudices are influencing our justice system among other things, in fact, almost 30% of black men will be incarcerated at some point in their lifetime. One reason why these prejudices exist today is because of a social gap. This social gap can lead one social class to believe another is repugnant; this idea started with the belief of Social Darwinism. These radical people believe they have power because they are gifted with a white skin tone and have an ample amount of wealth. Modern day middle-class citizens and the wealthy consider themselves superior to lower-class citizens; they expect better jobs, better wages, and impunity. Most Europeans in the 1750s were much wealthier than black people in Africa and thus considered superior. However, the way the Europeans obtained their wealth was not always right or moral. They would lie, cheat, steal and kill to become rich. This is extremely evident in the explorer narrative by Columbus who almost wrought genocide of the entire Native American population. His attitude was influenced by religious fanaticism that prompted the Inquisition, which in turn shaped much of Europe into a violent and intolerant state. Due to this violent movement many wanted to leave the madness of their society. Those who left Europe to freely express their religion were the Puritans and Pilgrims, and they were referred to as separatists. Their venerable lives were full of holiness and good deeds, however when religion becomes too powerful, the leaders in control can become corrupt and can twist the minds of an entire nation with insidious lies. This attitude may have caused the Salem Witch trials which killed innocent people. Sadly, murder, radical religion and slavery, of which so much was written during pre-colonial times, are evils which current American society must battle.
I did this for a school assignment. I wish the assignment was to do an essay and not just a paragraph.