History of Slavery in America

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Working long hours, whipped to death, starved, and broken spirits all describe a slave. It’s not something you hear every day. It’s not something anyone ever wants to hear. Just because we don’t hear it every day doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. I decided to do Slave Rights to remind people that there is still slavery in the world today. If people are educated about the past then they may not make the same mistakes in the future. It has been postulated that ancient civilizations would not have developed had it not been for slavery. The cost of building temples and monuments in Egypt, Greece, and Rome would have been prohibitive had it not been for slave labor. They got the slaves from lands they conquered. When I was deciding what to do for my project I had many ideas. I had ideas like the history of farming, the history of Las Vegas, the history of Mayo Clinic and many more. Some of these ideas did not work because they did not fit in with the theme. Others didn’t work because there was not enough information. Then I came up with slave rights; with the theme right in the title. Some slaves were treated like kings and some didn’t want to leave. Others were treated like animals; not as human beings. Even though slavery did not start here it did end up here in America. Slaves came here in the early 1600s. Many were forced on to ships and were crowed and handcuffed together. Many were not allowed to be with their families. In most cases, they didn’t have room to turn around and that led to the spread of diseases. Living conditions on the ships were poor. As a result, many did not make it. Later, people learned that if they wanted the slaves to be worth more money in the slave markets the slaves needed to be kept healthy while in trans... ... middle of paper ... ...e." Harriet Tubman Timeline. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2014. "Harriet Tubman." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 02 July 2014. Web. 01 Feb. 2014 "How the Underground Railroad Got Its Name." How the Underground Railroad Got Its Name. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2014. "Levi Coffin." Levi Coffin. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2014. "Maryland and the Underground Railroad." National Parks Service. National Parks Service, n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. "Modern Slavery - Free the Slaves." Modern Slavery - Free the Slaves. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2014. National Parks Service. National Parks Service, n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. "Slavery Before Statehood." Moment of Indiana History RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Feb. 2014. "Slave Life and Slave Codes." Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2014. "Treatment of Slaves in the U.S." Boundless. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2014
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