06 slavery in the US

06 slavery in the US - Jennifer Jordan HIST156 Section 0112...

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Jennifer Jordan 10-04-06 HIST156, Section 0112 Slavery in Mainland North America It is estimated that more than ten million people were brought from Africa to the Americas as slaves. Millions of Africans were torn from their homes and held as captives. Men and women were crammed onto slave ships and forced to endure the wretched, unsanitary conditions. They were denied sufficient food and nourishment and treated like animals. Slave ship captains would throw the sickly Africans overboard to avoid the spread of disease. This also minimized import duties being paid on slaves that wouldn’t even be able to be sold. The lucky people died. The survivors had no idea that they would be subjected to a lifetime of disrespect and enslavement. Their successors would have to spend hundreds of years tolerating the social injustice and prejudice thrown at them by the narrow-minded bigots who tortured them. However, it would still be decades until they received the rights and liberties they were entitled to as human beings. Still, they had to forge through the obstacles their oppressors laid out for them. They had to keep their heads held high even when they were being beaten down. So, to what do we owe this debauchery? Why do Americans have this ugly mark on their moral track record? During the 1600’s, America experienced an explosion in the slavery market. American economy in the Chesapeake relied upon enslaved African labor and the transportation of slaves for its survival. The importation of slaves was at an all time high and the nation was thriving because of it. Of the 5.5 million Africans that survived the journey across the Atlantic Ocean, about eighty percent were “employed” as field workers. These innocent people were worked to death in cotton or tobacco fields in excess of twelve hour days. More than half of the slave population struggled to survive
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Jennifer Jordan 10-04-06 HIST156, Section 0112 on sugar plantations. They were the only reason why sugar developed into the leading slave-produced commodity in the Americas. Sadly enough, the bulk of the profits that were made during the sugar revolution went toward purchasing more slaves to ensure that American economy would continue to boom. Slaves were exploited in Virginia and Maryland, on tobacco plantations, on rice and indigo plantations in South Carolina, and on cotton plantations all across the deep southern region of America. They could be trained to do anything, working in odd jobs as carpenters, bakers, and tailors to painters,
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