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Slavery’s History 1Annotated Bibliography: Slavery’s History and Impact on Contemporary SocietyDelvin BaileyDeVry UniversityDecember 16, 2017
Slavery’s History 2Introduction / Thesis StatementThe history of slavery in America and the effects of it in contemporary society is considered one of the worst events to ever take place in American history. Let’s face it. Slavery isa harsh reality and to this day, many African Americans are affected by it. Hanging, and dehumanizing human beings to make them seem less than human are unmoral acts that many Africans had to endure and not being able to let go of this considerable act has led to many of theissues that they experience today. The year, 1619, marks a turning point in America; this is when Africans were captured and transported to Jamestown to harvest crops. Why was Africa so vulnerable to the slave trade? Because of West and Central Africa's political fragmentation. Many of the region's larger political units--such as Ghana and Mali--had declined, and the absence of strong, stable political units made it more difficult to resist the slave trade (Digital History, 2016).Modern day slavery isn’t necessarily whips and chains. It can be debt bondage, human trafficking, forced economy struggles, racism, oppression and suppression. There is still so muchwe don’t know about slavery and because of this many societies suffer. Not knowing why racismstill exists after slavery was abolished, why slavery was allowed to go on in the first place or why we still feel as though we are enslaved in modern day society impacts us negatively every day. Preventing racism and finding ways to heal communities from racism would be ideal for America to work towards. Multiple cultures throughout history have been effected by slavery butAfrican Americans were and still are effected tremendously by slavery. Religion, music, food and language are just some of the ways that African Americans cope with their history and with what goes on today. These things being a way to express themselves or break free for a moment of any hold that they may feel from the effects of slavery. Racism has resulted in poor education and large income gaps. The income level of families affect their children’s education on a big
Slavery’s History 3scale. Health and longevity being affected as well. If African Americans were to be compensated for slavery and racism, these gaps must be taken into account. Generations in a domino effect suffering from slavery has created negative attitudes that affect their communities and achievement in life. African Americans not only suffer from outside groups but from their own people as well. Slavery has caused such division amongst one another that it almost seems impossible at reaching a solution.