The life of a slave is terrible. Being put in the shoes of an African slave, coming to a new country to perform tasks for the white man, would be horrific to say the least. The slaves were split up from their parents, siblings, lovers, and in some cases even their kids. The abuse that they took along with the conditions and punishments was terrible. How could anyone think that it is right to go to a country, round up people, put them on a ship, and then sell them to property owners so that they can get work done on their farm or plantation. It is unbelievable to even think about what it must have been like for those people. What sane human being today would honestly want to live and be treated just as a slave did.
Slaves were shipped over to America and sold to different white masters. There were many stages in which families could be torn apart by the greed and arrogance of the white slave owners. They treated the slaves as if they were animals of some sort. In the petition from a couple black slaves there are many parts that are very informative about how they were feeling. Humbly Shewing writes, “Our children are also taken from us by force and sent maney miles from us wear we seldom or ever see them again there to be made slaves for Life…”(Slaves’ Appeal to Thomas Gage). This quote shows just one of the many problems that slaves faced. Having to be split up from loved ones must have been tough. Not only having to be apart from people that are close to you but having to do everything else. All of the labor and terrible conditions just add to how bad it would be to live as a slave.
There are many stories of how slaves were treated and the problems that they faced. Their masters abused them and worked them into the ground as they thought that they themselves, being white, were by far superior to a black man. “These slaves are severely and barbarously treated by their masters, who subsist them poorly, and beat them.