Slavery In America

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Slavery has been a part of the world since the beginning of civilization. It was alive in the first city states in Mesopotamia, continuing to present day . Empires have risen on the backs of slave labor over a millennia. Though slavery has changed forms throughout the ages, with names like serf, thrall, and bondsman, one thing has remained the same, one person is the property of another . In America, slavery was a defining aspect of life. It began as indentured servants from Europe, but when the demand for labor increased in the US, people started to rely on the Columbian Exchange for new black slaves . Through slave labor Americans built a nation. But in the coming decades, slavery was an issue that split the nation in half with both sides…show more content…
There were many in the South who fully supported it. People like John C Calhoun had written, “Never before has the black race of Central Africa, from the dawn of history to the present day, attained a condition so civilized and so improved, not only physically, but morally and intellectually” . They saw slavery as something that would benefit the Africans because without white leadership they thought blacks wouldn’t be able to thrive in the world. It was a common idea that White people gave them the opportunities to better themselves and their race. Though former slaves tell a different story, Charles Ball wrote “I became weary of life, and bitterly execrated the day I was born. It seemed that I was destined by fate to drink the cup of sorrow to the very dregs, and that I should find no respite from misery but in the grave. I longed to die, and escape from the hands of my tormentors” . Africans saw slavery as an evil institution that was inescapable. As more people heard their stories, many started to feel sorry for them. The abolitionist grew, by telling stories of slaves and giving speeches they convinced many of the evils of slavery. Many took an active role in preaching the horrors of slavery. With two opposing ideologies ruling the nation tensions escalated, threating to burst if politicians made any wrong moves regarding…show more content…
Racist ideas carried over through the years and had a lasting impact on the Black communities. Racial segregation lasted for about 100’s after the Civil War ended. To have their voices heard, hundreds of thousands of African Americans rose up and protested their unfair treatment. Today African Americans still suffer from discrimination. They are being discriminated against by in getting jobs or getting jobs that pay poorly. In a study a “white men with a prison record were more likely to be offered a job than African American men who had a clean record” . Today, many people say they are not racist, but from years of stereotyping many have an implicit bias when it comes to Blacks. Though slavery in America is over, the effects of dehumanizing a race of people are still felt today. Stereotypes and prejudice against African Americans still effect our culture and
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