voyant practicum: exercise examples

Based off the words before and after the word ‘freedom’, it seems that freedom was a luxury and a dream for many people. To my knowledge, I’m not really sure if there is a negative or positive meaning to this word, but it does seem to be something you can get by escaping or buying, as well as something that can be taken away if you are presumed to be a runaway slave. The main context behind the word ‘freedom’ is time, as in the long periods of time (years and years) of slavery that was experience before reaching freedom; therefore, ‘freedom’ is more seen in the struggle for freedom. 

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When comparing the words ‘slave’, ’free’ and ‘white’, it’s show that the word ‘man’ is only connected to the words ‘white’ and ‘free’ and the word ‘slave’ is connected to the words ‘trade’ and ‘master’; this gives an underlying message that you could only be considered an individual human being (a man) if you were white or free from slavery and slaves were considered as solely an object for trade. Looking at the word ‘slavery’, one of the more prominent words it’s connected to is ‘society’ showing the importance of slavery in society. 

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By distinguishing between two different types of documents, it shows that the words ‘god’ and ‘church’ have a strong connection and looking closely at one document entitled Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, it is apparent that the majority of churches had a prejudice against freed slaves, forcing them to form their own congregations.

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voyant practicum: own project examples

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Looking at the word map first, it appeared strange to me that the word ‘honourable’ was one that was used often, when talking about the slave trade, but I looked further to the words surrounding “honourable’ and it came from the document entailing why parliament should abolish the slave trade. Many of the sentences show that the word ‘honourable’ is being used as a way to encourage the abolition of the slave trade, as once they do, honourable is how they would be depicted since they were honoring the lives of the slaves on board these ships. Then – looking into a document that explained the Middle Passage – when I typed in the word ‘slave’ to the links tool it was connected to the word ‘number’, given the impression that numbers of slaves onboard ships was important, due to spacing as well as monetary gain. For additional documents, I might want to find more specific details of the ships cargo and more documents during the abolition period, to see the multitude of words used during a period where the world was divided by one decision.

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