The first reading of “Some Memoirs of the Life of Job, the Son of Solomon the Highest Priest of Boonda in Africa, offers a first- hand account of the life of Job. He was born into educated family and was the son of a high priest in Boonda Africa. As time went on, he was accidentally sold into slavery and traveled to Maryland. There he worked on a tobacco field, but realized that the labor was to much for and instead was offered to work the cattle. While enslaved, Job was eventually thrown into prison after encountering a white boy, while he was praying. He was unable to communicate with the young boy thus the reason as to why he was in jail. As Job struggle to adapt to his new home, and after being thrown into prison, an elderly man appear who spoke the language of Job. After being able to communicate with the elderly man, Job was sent to England in exchange for freedom. While he traveled to England, he was able to and successfully learned English. After reading this story, I had to inking that an account such as this ever existed. The story of how a young man born into an educated family, sold into slavery, was able to overcome many obstacle along the way is very remarkable.
The second account entitled The Diary of John Harrower, 1773-1772. This account is what I found the most interesting out of the two. This account of tells the life of John Harrower, who was an indentured servant who came to American from Scotland to find work. Harrower, stated that it was a challenge to find work in Scotland and realized that America was the option he was looking for into to have a better life. He wanted to be a schoolmaster, and signed on for four years to teach in America. When he left for the new world, he left behind a wife and children. What was very fascinating about the account, was learning that he was a merchant on the ship, while making the journey, and how he document the journey and the people on board. As he landed in Virginia, he became a schoolmaster, however it took time, and many promises. Eventually he became a schoolmaster, and was paid five shillings per child for the next four years. What really stood out to me, was that not many indentured servants who came to America could read and write. John Harrower surprised me, because here is an actual account of an indentured servant, and his account of his life in America, what he did, and events occurring such as events which ultimately lead up the American Revolution, and the colonists reaction towards the British.
Tori, I completely agree with what you said! One detail that I personally saw as a bit more important was that Job was from the family of a high priest and educated family. I interpreted this as showing the difficulties that one may face coming to a country in which they do not speak the “native” language, which is ironic when looking at the United States but for the purpose of this article I would say English as the language here in America. I think that this shows that when coming to America one likely will not keep the status that they had in their home country.