Numbering all the bones

6 June 2017

In Numbering All the Bones, Ann Rinaldi focuses on the hypocrisy of the Antebellum south; Master and slave relationships were a very common hypocritical act of slave owners. Sometimes these were loving relationships and not a rape situation. Masters could rape the female slaves to gain more slaves. The treatment of the children born out of these relationships could be treated very poorly or very well depending on the master. They would either way be very confused about who they were as Eulinda is. In this book we see Mr.

Hampton as someone who would have a loving relationship with a slave not rape. I don’t believe that if he raped Eulinda’s mother he would treat her as well as he does. He even gives her a room of her own in the house. Another point of view from having children with their slaves they get more slaves they can use of sell. In this case it would be a rape situation. The overall treatment of children born from these situations wouldn’t be good unless the master actually loves the slave and the master claims the child as theirs.

Even then the children are very confused about how they are a slave yet they are the master’s child, they will probably be treated poorly though. Eulinda faces many of these tribulations, and Mr. Hampton doesn’t even claim her. In any of these situations everybody is conflicted, no matter who you are. The children would suffer the most in these circumstances. Masters having a relationship with one of their slaves, I believe is the most hypocritical things of the antebellum south.

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