Welcome Readers! This blog was created by four Austin College students who wished to spread the word of John Andrew Jackson’s experience as a slave in South Carolina. Slave narratives are accounts of the life, or a major portion of the life, of a fugitive or former slave, either written or orally related by the slave himself. This narrative was published in 1862 by Passmore & Alabaster in London, England. John Andrew Jackson’s narrative of his experience is of particular interest because he details the hypocrisy of white Christians and their treatment toward slaves in the 19th century. Jackson’s story notes that many of the white people he came into contact with cloaked their true nature under religion and even used that to justify their cruel actions. He used this notion to explicate the realities of slavery and take solace in his religion to find refuge and better himself. By portraying Christians in a negative light, not only does Jackson reveal the hypocrisy of slavery, but also how slavery maintained and produced cruel-hearted slaveowners. Furthermore, it showed how slaveholders tried to keep their slaves ignorant and control them via Christianity. We focus on analyzing this hypocrisy revealed by Jackson throughout his narrative, and relating it to our present society. We hope you are as moved by this narrative as we are, and continue to be aware of the realities and the aftermath of slavery.
Take a look at our narrative here: http://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/jackson/jackson.html
Brought to you by: Abishek Prakash, Aparna Suhag, Lyndon K. Gerron, Vineeth N. Kumar