Great Britain and the United States' Immoral History (Essay
Great Britain and the United States have a disdained history leading back to their roles in the
massive slaughtering of the Native Americans and the involvement of the African Slave Trade.
these countries were brought before the world criminal court, they would be judged guilty of
According to the 1948 Protocol on the Prevention and Punishment of the crime of
defines genocide as the “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethical,
racial or religious group, such as: (a) killing members of the group, (b) causing serious bodily or
mental harm to the members of the group, (c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life
calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, (d) imposing measures
intended to prevent births within the group, (e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another
group” (Carlson's Lecture).
In the book, A People's History of the United States
, author Howard
Zinn agrees that both Great Britain and the United States are responsible and guilty of genocide for
the slaughtering and ill treatment towards the Native Americans and Africans.
Zinn does an
excellent job in portraying the inhumane treatment that these minorities had to face.
The African slave trade with Europe began during the 1400s.
Africans later became a huge
commodity to the uprising economies of Europe and the United States.
Slave trade accumulated a
lot of profit and played a huge role in agriculture.
The numerous slaves worked on the massive
plantations producing many raw materials with very minimal pay, lived under gruesome conditions,
and were violently punished if they did wrong in the eyes of their master.
As Zinn explains,
system was psychological and physical at the same time.
The slaves were taught discipline, were
impressed again and again with the idea of their own inferiority to 'know their place,' to see
blackness as a sign of subordination, to be awed by the power of the master, to merge their interest