Slavery

Slavery - Christopher Carr PID 714269447 AFAM 101 Professor McMillan Slaverys Echoed Impact in America What thoughts are stimulated in your mind

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Christopher Carr PID: 714269447 AFAM 101 Professor McMillan Slavery’s Echoed Impact in America What thoughts are stimulated in your mind upon hearing the phrase, “Land of the Free”? The Constitution of North Carolina, as well as the Declaration of Independence, precisely states, “We hold it to be self-evident that all persons are created equal…with certain inalienable rights…among these are life, liberty, and the enjoyment of the fruits of their own labor, and the pursuit of happiness”(RAND 1). When our nation’s founding fathers took it upon themselves to construct and sign this document, it should have been ‘self-evident’ that slavery was and is an immoral idea going completely against our nations’ foundation which was built on the idea of freedom and equality for all. Since the first African American slaves came to the United States, they have been demeaned through innumerable and unfathomable ways, treated worse than mere possessions. The extremity and longevity in regards to slavery in United States history assures that the victims still feel many repercussions today stemming from actions over the last three- hundred years. The United States began degrading its slaves and debasing their level of self-esteem from the moment the African Americans were placed onboard the slave ship. In a narrative by Olaudah Equiano, he explains that the Americans instantly separated the slaves capable of speaking the same language (Hine, Hine, Harrold 37). With one action, the United States had already taken away any ability of verbal communication amongst another slave, the one comfort and connection to their homeland. In an instant, the Americans controlled the sole capability of
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communication which the slaves could not understand. It was immediately embedded in the slaves’ brains, as well as constantly reminded throughout the next few centuries, that African Americans would never possess the ability of being intellectually, politically, or socially equal to
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2010 for the course AFAM 101 taught by Professor Mcmillan during the Spring '07 term at UNC.

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Slavery - Christopher Carr PID 714269447 AFAM 101 Professor McMillan Slaverys Echoed Impact in America What thoughts are stimulated in your mind

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