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Current Event VI - Since Cotton production was dominant in...

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Jourdan Fletcher 11/2/07 American History Period 1 Current Event VI Eric Lynch is a Black Liverpaudilan who conducts walking tours in Liverpool, England and points out historical landmarks and information to the visitors who want to learn about the slave trade that existed in Liverpool. Lynch started his walking tours in 1970; during his tours he points out the frieze (wall painting) located on top of city hall. The frieze had depictions of African spears, barrels of rum, sugar and cotton. Lynch states that Liverpool, England used to be the largest slave trading port in Europe in the 18 th century. Many people who are on his tours leave upset at what they learn Lynch claims that isn’t his objective; he feels that they should know part of the city’s history. This year Britain marks the 200 th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the territories In the1850 the Slave trade was a major part of the United States economy especially in the south. Slaves worked on Plantations picking and deseeding cotton for plantation owners.
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Unformatted text preview: Since Cotton production was dominant in the south and with the invention of Eli Whitney’s cotton Gin the need for more slaves grew. Slaves were brought in from Africa to the new world to work in the cotton fields. Slaves were treated horribly, they got very little food and water, and worked long hours in the fields. As a result of how poorly the slaves were being treated, abolitionists fought to end slavery. Many of the abolitionists were free blacks who were released from slavery. April 2007 marks the 200 year anniversary of the abolishment of the slave trade. Eric Lynch informs people who knew very little about Liverpool’s history about and the major role that they played in the slave trade. URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18294638/#storyContinued Jourdan Fletcher 11/2/07 American History Period 1 URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18294638/#storyContinued...
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