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Analyze the following statement: "The slave always knows more about the master than the master knows about the slave."

What does this reflect about the culture at the time of slavery in America?

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When analyzing the statement, it would be necessary to understand the relationship dynamics between the slave and the master. These dynamics are articulated in colonial based theories that explain the relationships between the oppressed and the oppressor, "us" versus "them," colonized/colonizer, and such.

The slave was owned by his/her master. It is not natural for a human being to be "owned" by another human being. It brings forth unique constrictions, frustrations, and pain, especially when slave fathers, mothers, and children were ...

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This solution will assist the student in responding analytically about whether the slave knows more about the master than the master knows about the slave and what does this reflect about the culture during the time of slavery in the United States of America.

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