History of African-Americans, slavery, abolition of slavery, freedom, North America, Jamestown, cotton farming, production of tobacco, slave labor, American Civil War, New American Constitution
Slavery in America started sometime back and during this period, there was the capture of the first Africans and they were brought to North America. In North America, there was a British colony in Jamestown, Virginia, where tobacco farming was widely practiced across North America in 1619. Cheap labor was required to facilitate the production of tobacco as well as in the plantation farms. This is the reason as to why slavery was the only option in American colonies during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Moreover, slaves were used so as to build economic foundations of the new America.
[...] This move made slavery to spread across all the American colonies. It can be argued that there is no evidence on the exact numbers of slaves who were brought to the American colonies; however, some historians have maintained that the estimated number ranges from 6 to 7 million slaves who came from Africa during the 18th century (Franklin and Higginbotham 68). In fact, these slaves were energetic and strong Africans, and they could have moved the continent of Africa to greater heights. [...]
[...] After the end of American Civil War, the American Constitution recognized that slavery was indeed a form of black oppression. The New American Constitution started counting slaves as three-fifths of an individual, and this was only for taxation as well as representation in the Congress. Moreover, black people were guaranteed the rights of freedom as slavery was considered unconstitutional. Works Cited Franklin, John H. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans. New York: Knopf Print. Franklin, John and Evelyn B. Higginbotham. [...]
[...] From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans. N.p Print. Hamilton, Virginia, Leo Dillon, and Diane Dillon. Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom. New York: Knopf Print. [...]
[...] Contrarily, there are numerous occasions where slave masters could divide the families of African Americans by selling them to other masters or simply by removal. The numerous problems that the slaves encountered made them organize revolts. For example, there was a form of retaliation that was led Gabriel Prosser in Richmond in 1800 and another counterattack that was ignited by Denmark Vesey in Charleston in 1822. Historians have maintained that these responses of slaves were brought forth due to the mistreatment and majority of the revolts had been unsuccessful. [...]
[...] In this book, Harriet addresses numerous campaigns that are antislavery in nature. Specifically, historians have argued that these abolishment movements viewed slavery as nonreligious practices and free labor was more important. Moreover, slavery oppressed a specific race, and it hindered the American nation in building its economy Slavery was not embraced by the Northern states even though the region had wealthy and successful business persons who benefited from the slave trade. Moreover, these individuals had also invested handsomely in cotton plantations of the southern states. [...]
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