The Thirteenth through Fifteenth Amendments A Compromise Between Slave Tradition and the United States Mei Harter English Language Arts 8A Mrs. Finkell 15 February 2018 Do you know how many painful practices that slaves had, before the rise of the Thirteenth through the Fifteenth Amendments? In America’s history, the color of a man defined how he would live. This rule was treacherous for the slaves, who were mostly made up of the African American race. As a result, many slaves were ripped away from their families. They were forced to walk in chains; slaves were sold, starved, and left to die.
White southerners felt that African Americans would not give their full potential in labor unless they were threatened with beatings. In a few cases, resistance caused masters to reduce work hours and improve working conditions. The domestic slave trade between 1820 and 1860 took a toll on many slave families. As the expansion of the cotton kingdom grew the need for money began the trade amongst masters and slave traders. Masters sold men, women, and children.
Douglass was exploited throughout his experience as a slave. He worked majority of his life without receiving any monetary benefits. Douglass worked hard everyday as a slave and so did every other slave. Slaves received little clothing, food that lacked the proper amount of nutrients. Douglass’s experience is the perfect example of “ overworked and underpaid.” Ehrenreich chose to be exploited.
Many key factors led to the transition from indentured servants to slavery. Indentured servants became less cost- efficient due to the fact that land owners owned multiple pieces of land or needed more than one indentured servant to work on their land. Even though working conditions were harsh and the servants were limited to what they can and cannot do, they still had rights as humans, which means they were not slaves. But as more jobs were needed on the farm, the more indentured servant demanded in wages. As the needs of indentured servants increased, the owners believed they were not obliged to commit to the request of their servant.
In Douglass’ life as a slave, he endured a lot of suffering from slaveholders, overseers, and slave mistresses. Slaveholders were the owners of the slaves. They were classified into two different categories, the poor and the wealthy. Wealthy slaveholders owned many slaves and would sell and trade them with other slave holders for profit. Poor slaveholders were looked down on and did things such as getting female slaves just to breed them.
Although Northern Laborers were given wages by the factory owners for their work, they ultimately had to pay back the factory owners for their provisions. In other words, any money that the owners gave to workers would ultimately come back to the owners when workers paid for food or clothing. Northern Laborers had the privilege of earning money, but a substantial amount of their wages were lost just so that they could have everyday provisions. As such, these workers were taken advantage of and even if they saved their money, they would not be able to do much with it as the maximum daily wage was two dollars. Buying provisions could cost as much as up to
In conclusion, slaves in the American South were very mistreated. They had rough education and faced physical pain every day. These two struggles are only two of thousands of struggles the slaves had to go through when slaves were in slavery in the American
Slavery in the American South Slaves in the American South longed for freedom, fair treatment, and better lives. Slaves were not treated fairly and dealt with many hardships in their daily lives. Life was not easy for slaves and one way that made life difficult was physical pain. One slave named Fredrick Douglass was sent to be with a slave breaker and slave-breaker means someone who would try to destroy the slave’s soul. As it states above slaves were sent to slave-breakers and so this is one of the struggle they had to go through in their life is getting their souls broke down.
The black servant has a much harsher sentencing, he had to serve the rest of his life as an indentured servant. This mean he could not leave until he was dead. This was the earliest form of slavery in Virginia. It started the trend that black people are not equal to white people regardless of their social status in society. This is what started the movement of turning indentured servants to slaves.
Introduction: At this point in time in history, indentured servitude wasn’t an uncommon act. Many of those who migrated from Europe to the New World couldn’t pay for their passage and were sold to landowners to pay their dues for passage. They were fed, clothed and given shelter. Those who could afford passage to the New World had no money to survive once they arrived. They would then sign these indentured servant contracts in the hopes of having something of their own.
While in the South indentured servants would work on plantations to grow tobacco, indigo, and cotton which were all very labor intensive. Once these people got out of servitude they would seek to farm the land themselves but often would not have the means to do so which led to a poor class of people who could not even afford slaves. These poor people made up an ample amount of the population. The poor class of the South obviously was unable to afford a plantation or slaves for that matter. Consequently, it can be implied that did not have a very large impact on their will to fight in the Civil War.
Life of a Slave Slaves in the pre-Civil War time, their lives wasn 't theirs. A slave’s life was hard and they barely had any fun. They had numerous things to be afraid of and the Southern states had a barely enough reason that most likely wouldn 't fly by in this generation to justify that slavery was a right thing to do. A slave always had to work that they had to do. So their lives was very harsh and rough.
Slaves did not have any say in what transpired. You could earn great amounts off slaves since they did all your work and worked hard, especially men, to serve all times. They had slaves work, which was an easy way for them to make money, because they didn’t have to do anything for themselves. The purpose of slavery was to serve, labor, pleasure and greed. Slavery was used to do something that the owner didn’t want to do.
Especially in the south, were many plantation owners lost their workforce. They would now either be forced to pay their laborers or sell their farms, neither of which they were partial to. Out of this came sharecropping, where landowners gave laborers a house, and land, in exchange for a share of their crops. However this system had many issues, the laborers were almost always African Americans with no savings to buy tools, which they would need to buy from the landowners, putting them in debt, and making it difficult for them to become independent. Another result of the end of the war was the Depression of 1873, which raised the unemployment rate to 15% and created greater tensions among the working class in the United States.
What Has Changed for Blacks in the 1930’s The Emancipation proclamation has released the African Americans from slavery. Whites and Blacks now walk the streets together, but this is not an easy transition for the whites. The whites found many ways that excluded the blacks and kept them feeling like unequals. Despite the fact that the slaves were “free”, they worked long hours doing the same task they had as slaves for extremely low wages. Truly nothing has changed for them.