To the masses, slavery was a social defining stance; the “peculiar institution” to some and a defining moral line to others, American life was changed depending on what view you took of slavery. No matter your stance at the time, one thing became clear: socially, politically and economically, slavery was the fabric of American success and gave birth to the Old South as we know it today. At the center of the entire institution of slavery, and central to its defense, was the economic domination it provided a young country in international markets. In the early 19th century, cotton was a popular commodity and overtook sugar as the main crop produced by slave labor. The production of cotton became the nation’s top priority; America supplied ¾ of the cotton supply to the entire world.
But it was not long before many felt the urge to move. Sometimes it was because estates owners cut wages and pushed up rents on their poor homes. Often it was simply because families wanted to leave the place where they had spent a lifetime in slavery. The problem was where would they go? The places with the greatest shortage of labour were Trinidad and Guyana (British Guiana).
Their way of life was absolutely terrible. Whoever sold the slaves, had no regard to their rank, or possessions. Before they would get on the boat, they were stripped of all the clothing on their bodies and sent off to endure an extremely hard life. Most slaves would have easily preferred death over the cruel punishments they endured. The life of a slave is a life that one should be glad they do not have to live.
The process of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was a maniac and unsafe affair. Nevertheless, as the demand for slaves grew for the Europeans, African chiefs would organize raids to take people from other societies and frequently launch wars to capture victims for slave trade. People taken right out of their homes, fields, and villages; people’s lives changed instantly. In the book The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Olaudah shows just how frightening, awful, and changing this experience really is for the good and the bad. The book begins with Equiano explaining the history of the place that he was born which is Eboe, a kingdom of Benin, located in Guinea.
Slaves played a huge role in the early American colonies because “communities were designed around slavery”. Slaves were commonly seen and worked throughout all colonies but were heavily used in the South. The Southern slaves were “forced to work under harsh conditions for long hours”. The majority of the men worked on plantations doing manual labor and the often times women were house servants. Their punishments could included being beaten, starved, tortured and or killed.
Afterwards, the circumstances in which they were transported were atrocious and nefarious. They were transported in small voyages and for six to ten weeks hundreds of Africans were crammed below deck in spaces sometimes less than five feet high, shackled. Families were completely separated, men from women, placed in different holds. They were not fed for days and could hardly breathe below deck since there were many at once. Slaves were introduced to unknown diseases and suffered from malnutrition long before they reached their destination.
Machines such as the cotton gin required extensive labor and African Americans had supplied the labor. There were many more jobs which required inexpensive labor. This is when slavery had raised again after the constitution of 1787. The main issues during the age of realism was slavery. Slaves were forced to work for their master in order to survive, they went through harsh punishments and abuse.
Lukas Clark 2-15-17 U.S Slavery The Underground Railroad The Underground Railroad Slavery was a terrible thing in the eighteen hundreds. So many people were under the control of others. African Americans fending for their lives and the lives of their families.Slaves being bought by whites and used to do their work. Slaves being killed every day. It was a sad time but there was some light in it.
This all started with the slave trade during the 16th century to the 19th century where the British would go and take Africans into the Americas and sold them to white Americans. They would be put to work in plantations and other places with little to no money and would have to live and work under harsh conditions. These people would be stripped from their homes and lives in African in order to be put to work as slaves in America. Slavery was the act of naming a person as property, as well as owning and selling someone as property. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, slavery was used in order to build our economy in our nation.
Slavery in America How did slavery begin in America and how did it end? Introduction A journey about more land and the economy based upon profit were the two major reason slaves were brought to America. African slaves were useful, valuable and they were worth a lot of money. The reason that slaves were useful and valuable was because they were used as manual labor. The southern America needed slaves to work on large farm dealing with rice, tobacco, indigo, cotton, and sugar cane.
Cotton, was an intensive business, large numbers of workers required to grow and harvest cotton came from slave labor until the end of the Civil War. Therefore all crops were abanded and replaced by Cotton which caused damage on the soil. Cotton was dependent on slavery. Slavery was a large extent dependent on cotton. Although they worked,
The era of slavery in America is a very sad and mournful period of time. The hate, animosity, torture, and the treating of slaves as if they were not even human, all separated the people of America. Far worse than the physical scars left, are the emotional scars that still to this day affect the citizens of this great nation. Although slavery has now been abolished, todays people still look back at the acts that took place many years, and mourn. Many people focus on the gruesome physical pain that slaves had to endure.
Slavery in the Southern United States was a system by which the white man ruled the black man. Slavery in the United States draws its roots back to the colonial era with the African slave trade. What makes slavery different in the United States than in the Caribbean was the fact that the United States developed a slave population capable of reproduction and even growth. When the African Slave trade ended, the slave population was able to maintain and grow in size. Slavery would continue to thrive in the southern United States due largely to the booming cotton industry which required a large work force to cultivate the crop.
The slavery was the most important issue in the 19th century in American where societies were divided from the Northern and southern. In the Southern States, mush of peoples depends on slave handwork in their economic development, but slave were legal free in the Northern States. Slave owner benefits from the labor of the slave in the same way that peoples who believe it is right to tax the rich at higher rate benefit form the labor and property of others that is not their own. Slavery is viewed as evil in this country, because many whites were mean to blacks for their skin color and treated like animals. Abolitionists think all men are created equal and blacks should be treated as fairly as they would white people.
In the South where the forces of slavery were strong, the number of slaves increased and slavery also extended westward. The U.S. constitution became a powerful force in the continued enslavement of African Americans the constitution goals were. One of the Constitution goals was to counteract slave rebellion and escape, so congress formed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793. This act allowed slave masters to recapture slaves who escaped to the free states. Another factor that increased slavery in the south was the southern cotton production, which encourages the “domestic slave trade”.