In order to lure these African slaves to the Americas, many were stolen from their home land and/or promised various falsehoods. The Europeans, who employed these slaves, rationalized that they were the superior race to Africans and they were providing a better life for them. Slavery was not always an accepted practice. Early American settlers remained divided as to its morality and legality. Though, in its infancy, the North accepted slavery and practiced its use, it was the South that delved deep into its practice.
African Americans, free or not, suffered immensely because of the prejudice put upon them merely because of the color of their skin. The southern side of the U.S. had encouraged slavery the most. Slavery helped their economy by bringing money in and to help agricultural farming. Slaves helped to bring in money, yet hardly
Tobacco was very important to the economy; Europeans would buy slaves to work the fields. Slavery first began on the shorelines of Africa. Africans were very poor and could hardly get food. Europeans began to capture Africans and shipped them to America. Out of the 11 million African men, women, and children that were sent to the New World like common cargo, 2 million of them died.
Scholars have argued whether the history of Africa was controlled by outside forces like Europe, or if it was done by African societies involved in the slave trade. Walter Rodney provides one side of the debate. He believes that Africa was in a more fragile economical and political state throughout the slave trade, which caused the Atlantic Slave Trade to influence their history dramatically. The societies were put in a position where they were unable to stop the slave trade from continuing. Africa lost many opportunities in development because of outside forces and the slave trade; they were simply too fragile to fight back.
Leading to the disruption of the African nation 's cultures and economies impacting the development of African history. In fact, Another effect was that many of the African “societies with slaves” would become “slave societies” with their economies built off of slaves from other African civilizations. Additionally, the remaining population played a major factor that lead to its economic underdevelopment. Because of their incapability to develop economically and their progressively weakening society they were unable to resist Europeans once they begun to colonize Africa. Although Africa was negatively affected by the impacts of slave trade, the New World benefited from it in a positive way.
The exploitation of their slaves, which were to be from Africa, was a huge business throughout North America. The business that was so profitable for the slave owners and slave traders played havoc for the slaves from Africa as families were divided and relationships were broken. After slavery was abolished it was not easily forgotten and the discrimination of the black population would stop in some areas of the United States. The hate and anger from oppressing white minority would continue and would expand into different areas and social groups well to present day. With information taken from Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and a narrative Memories of Childhood's Slavery Days written by Annie L. Burton this paper will examine the life styles and views that slaves possessed during slavery and what life was ... ... middle of paper ... ...s of Childhood's Slavery Days, November 2000, (4 December 2003).
She blames the Southern regions of the country most for slavery’s continued existence. Historically this statement would not be true. The plantations in the Southern states depended on slave labor to cultivate their crops. The businesses and industry in the Northern states depended on the Southern production for their manufacture and trade. Colonization in the context of slavery is transplanting all emancipated slaves in to a new country Liberia in Africa.
Some of the effects of slavery in America were positive, but almost all of slavery’s impact in Africa was harmful. One major change in the areas that slaves were exported from is shown in demographics. Thousands of males were taken from their families and communities, and the tribes were expected to survive without many of their local leaders or role models. Not only did local tribes in Africa have hardships, but the leadership in many of the countries’ governments weren’t stable. The cruel trade demonstrated “how the external demand for slaves caused political instability, weakened states, promoted political and social fragmentation, and resulted in a deterioration of domestic legal institutions” (Nunn) in Africa.
Mostly farmers and plantation owners wanted slaves because they would be people who would work for them until their death. They didn’t want those who would end up leaving after a while, so slavery ended up starting. People were importing blacks from Africa and imported them by using the Middle Passage. Slavery soon became a big importance in America, and the slaves were given certain occupations instead of becoming free like everyone else who came to America from Europe. Slavery occupations were very difficult in the colonial times, but most of the difficulty depended on where the slaves were located.
Many of the goods produced in Europe were not available in Africa or America. The Europeans traded manufactured goods, including weapons, guns, beads, cowrie shells (used as money), cloth, horses, and rum to the African kings and merchants in return for gold, silver and slaves. Africans were seen as very hard workers who were skilled in the area of agriculture and cattle farming. They were also used to the extreme temperatures that people of lighter complexions could not bear. There had always been slavery in Africa amongst her own people, where men from different tribes/villages would raid other villages to kidnap the women for their pleasures, and the men to use as slaves.