Chapter 3: Be Mindful of Creating Great Moments for our Presentation

When you reflect on Chapter Three, distill an important passage for one of our stories: article, movie presentation, and walking tour. Here’s a great image for us because Venture Smith’s life and narrative informs a great deal of missing informatoin about Old Ti and his family members. Write 5-7 sentences of Standard English; be sure to include links of images and other media that will help us tell our story.


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7 Responses to Chapter 3: Be Mindful of Creating Great Moments for our Presentation

  1. Frank Bolella says:

    Like Old Ti and Venture Smith, most slaves, including other African servants, were traded from Africa to North America through a vast trade system dubbed “The Triangle Trade”. The authors depict this when they state, “The trade system that swept those Africans into permanent bondage also carried thousands of other Africans into forced labor in the American Colonies” (61). However, Venture Smith’s and Old Ti’s working requirements and circumstances seemed to be less harsh than their southern slave counterparts. When referencing the North, the authors state, “It soon became accepted as fact that Northern slavery was benign, loosely defined, more like a mutually agreed-upon indenture” (62). Though most Northerners believed this to be true, the truth could not be more contrasting. Venture Smith was often physically assaulted in various methods, even when he was obeying his master’s demands. Nonetheless, his master ensured that Venture’s cost would pay off by working him indefinitely. The authors suggest this when they state, “He spent his days carding wool and performing other household tasks. Then, because he was big and strong, he was set to work pounding corn for animal feed. He regularly labored far into the night, and was punished if his work was not done well. But the hardest part was the abuse by his master’s son” (66). This evidence of Venture’s responsibilities suggest that this was a common practice for Northern slaves; implying that Old Ti had similar duties in and around Gay Manse.

  2. Remington Lyman says:

    Venture Smith was an honest man who worked hard to earn his freedom. He did this by quickly performing all of his tasks for his owner, and then hiring himself out to others to pick-up extra jobs during his spare time. He also harvested and sold game to merchants to earn extra capital. Once he bought his own freedom, he then worked until he had enough money to free his two sons, figuring that they could both join him in raising more money to free his wife and daughter. One son perished at sea from scurvy, but the other son was able to work along side him to build a homestead on Long Island. While free, they performed all sorts of tasks to earn money—farming, chopping wood, and fishing for eels and lobsters. Venture They did all sorts of things to earn money such as, farming, chopping wood, and fishing for eels and lobsters. Venture managed to outlive all three of his owners and died a free man who managed to liberate his entire family.

  3. Brien Hard says:

    Growing up children are often taught about the “triangle trade” having to do with the trade of slaves for raw goods and merchandise. The problem however is that the teaching about slavery still focusses on the south and the simplistic “triangle trade”. Because of what we have learned so far, our class is given the opportunity to re-write history and teach those how have been sheltered from the topic how slavery played a huge part in northern history, and how the triangle trade often had many different versions for various reasons. Often classes about slavery focus on large plantations in the south, and how they were run. The special thing about this reading and our research is that we learn the personal side of slavery through the eyes of the slaves themselves. Venture Smith for example is portrayed as an honest man, and one who was able to out live his owners and gain his freedom, and with that succeeded in freeing his entire family who also lived under slavery. Although the story’s of Old Ti and Venture smith appear to be less abusive and rigorous than those of the slaves in the south, both of these slaves worked hard to earn extra money and more importantly their freedom. This does not however mean that slaves in the north were treated better and given more of a chance to earn their freedom, as most northerners still believe. These readings also give great insight on lives of freed slaves. Once freed, both Old Ti and Venture Smith became invaluable citizens to the community, continuing to work in order to support themselves those around them. This shows how slaves were an incredible asset to the community’s that they served whether a slave or freed.

  4. Joanna McElnea says:

    Venture Smith is one of those remarkable slaves who’s story survived. Chapter three recounts his capture as a boy in Africa all the way up until he died in 1803 as a freed man. This recounting gives light to what Old Ti’s life could have consisted of. Hard outdoor labor, working odd jobs for others, and consistant beating. Venture smith was sold three times to different households before he was able to strike a deal that would reward him his freedom. It took 71 dollars to receive the everyday rights of white individuals. An enormous sum that in that day would earn any man a large plot of land. After being freed it took venture another 10 years to buy the freedom of the rest of his family, another unseemly sum of $150. Old Ti also had a sweetheart that we heard some about, named Phil. Could this have been what they had to endure? Venture recounts how he was punished for protecting his wife from his enraged mistress. Could Old Ti have had a similar incident because of phil? These questions and more are only able to be asked because of stories like Venture Smith’s.

  5. Josh Galant says:

    In chapter 3 we again learned of the famous slave Venture Smith; a slave who’s experiences might be similar to those of Old Ti, because their servitude took place in the North East. After being captured from his native Africa, and brought to The North East, Venture took it upon himself to decide his destiny. With a figure more imposing than most other men, he cut down trees one buy one and sold them until he finally bought his freedom for 71 dollars. After clearing forests for 10 years, Venture was able to purchase the freedom of his family from his former owner. Venture would retire to Long Island, where he would live the rest of his life in prosperity, even owning a slave of his own.

  6. Dan Bailey says:

    Venture Smith has an amazing life story. He came from Africa as a young boy and had been the son of a very powerful Ruler. He began his life in America as a slave, but after gaining his freedom he worked hard cutting trees and splitting wood, and by the end of his life he had made enough money to buy the freedom of himself, his wife, and his daughter. He had purchased a modest home on a good sized piece of land in Southern Connecticut. Old Ti also has a great life story, but unlike Venture Smith Old Ti was born into slavery. He also worked hard in his young life, and was given his freedom when he was in his young 20’s. And like Venture he worked hard after he was freed. Old Ti was the sexton for the church for many years. Both Men had prosperous lives after overcoming many obstacles on their way to freedom.

  7. Connor Kaplan says:

    Venture Smith is one of the rarer success stories found in the time of slavery. He was an African Rhode Island slave who eventually achieved success and was able to die a free man. Of significance is his gravestone show on page 74. The picture depicting the gravestone is automatically recognizable as a Connecticut stone. These stones are known for the Cherub at the top only found on Connecticut made stones. Our class learned about this at the gravestone meeting Suffield.

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