While Democracy was being practiced in Colonial America, it has had its dark side as well. Almost to balance out the good in what is happening, everything needs a balance in life. So, what makes the Democracy in Colonial America have undemocratic features are the voting and the treatment of African Americans and Women in the colonies. The voting which happened in America, "which is stated in document 2, shows us that only Christian white males were the only ones who could vote. " This is not a democracy, if only a certain group could vote and they leave out the women, African Americans, and other ethnic groups out.
Throughout the southern states of America, slaves were forced into unfair and inhumane living conditions. They were made to do hard labor in the fields or in the houses of their masters under the threat of abuse or even death. Nonetheless, slaves managed to create their own culture and lives under this oppressive lifestyle. Many bonded together to achieve some semblance of personal freedom even confined by the numerous restrictions of a prejudiced country. Although slaves were forced into a life they did not ask for they still managed to produce their own culture and make their lives better through religion, music, language, family relations, and even freedom movements.
While reading The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, many questions arose in my head. I wanted to further my knowledge on multiple topics. The topic that stuck out to me the most was how the treatment of slaves differed throughout the book depending on their location. I analyzed the book into further detail on this topic. From Africa to England, Equiano experienced and observed many different treatment forms.
During the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries slaves originally from Africa were used as a labor force for wealthy landowners. However, the use of them differed each century. In the 1600s slaves were seen by most as objects and possessions. In The First Slave Auction at New Amsterdam in 1655, the painting describes one of the first slave auctions in the Americas. It depicts whites being very rowdy and how they bid on the slaves.
In the 18th century, there was the Atlantic Triangular Trade. This trading route involved Africa, Europe and the Americas trading back and forth to each other, which essentially formed a triangle (hence the name). Between Africa and North America, slaves, meat, fish, lumber, rum and grain went to and fro. Africa sold it's people into slavery in return for said goods. To America, this was an admirable trade.
Slavery in the United States was an atrocious and very inhumane way of treating African Americans. This atrocity started in 1619, springing forward an almost two and a half century long era of hate, persecution, and evil-doings to the Africans brought to the United States from Africa. However, in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation that declared all slaves free. After this new found freedom, one would think that the African Americans’ problems were solved, but for many, one big problem still remained. This problem was that of finding their loved ones, and the possible solution to this problem was to post ads in the Southwestern Christian Advocate’s “Lost Friends” column.
What is more, the Law is being replaced by love; the theocracy of the Jews makes place for family; God who was once king becomes the Father; the slave of sin become heirs of the kingdom and the fatherhood of God is no more limited to Israel only, but extended to all humankind. This contention between Judaism and Christianity within the Greco-Roman society appeals one to dig more into the culture of such society in the first century. The Greco-Roman society of the first century was a hierarchical and class-conscious society in the sense that not everybody enjoyed the same privilege. However, the stratification of this society did not cancel the possibility of some citizens to move from one class to another, especially when class appurtenance
Black people have never been treated fairly by white people. Slavery was when they were at their worst. The punishments for doing something wrong or escaping were severe. You have your legs cut off, you could be burned, you could get hanged, and the list goes on. They were forced to do whatever job their master made them do.
According to “11 Facts About Human Trafficking,” “between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year. Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Human trafficking victims can easily be exposed to STD’s, HIV/AIDS, untreatable diseases and many more severe health problems. Just like Human Trafficking, those involved in slavery were also easily exposed to these kind of obstacles.