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  1. Slavery spreading across all the American colonies
  2. Organizing revolts
  3. The rise of abolishment movements in the Northern States

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. [...]


[...] Historians have maintained that strictness and harshness of slave masters were the order of the day which kept them isolated, divided and less organized. These were the techniques used by the whites in order to limit the rate of rebellion among the Africans Americans. Marriages that happened between African Americans slaves had no legal basis and considerations. Slave masters permitted them to marry as well as manage (Franklin 40). It can be argued that slaves' masters supported these marriages as their sources of additional labor. [...]

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