Slavery In North American History

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North American history has a reputation as a beacon of freedom and diversity from the colonial period. The mid-eighteenth century was home to a remarkable diversity of people and different social organizations. Slavery diversity and liberty are few of the many consequences that made history. Slavery spread throughout America when Europeans forced people from Africa to come to North America in the late 1600s to serve as slaves. By the mid 1800s most slaves lived in the South of United States. Part of the many colonies, Charleston, South Carolina was a major part of slavery in the 1850’s. Slavery was a major immense business and part of their everyday lives. In the city of South Carolina, enslaved people outnumbered the whites. The government created a system to control the enslaved population. Several thousands of enslaved were being bought and…show more content…
In 1848, gold was founded by James W. Marshall in California and brought many immigrants to the West. This became known as the California Gold Rush. It encouraged large amounts of Hispanics and Asian people to come and discover the gold nuggets. Chinese migrants were mostly peasants hoping to find new life thinking they would become rich, but what they provided was the building of the Central Pacific transcontinental railroad. They also worked on agriculture, small businesses and some even lived in small parts of San Francisco. Most of the Chinese migrants stayed on the railroad to continue work. Hispanics were simply driven off their land when Texas, New Mexico, and California were formed. Hispanics became permanently migrating workers seeking seasonal employment in farming, mining, ranching, and the railroads. Despite the diversity, both Hispanics and Asians seemed to be in the same situation. Those who were immigrants were driven away from their lands to work as migrants but really hoped to seek a new
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