Looking Poitively at the Effects of Slavery in the USA: Personal Narrative

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A Blessing in Disguise Slavery and capitalism have an interesting relationship. Slavery has existed nearly everywhere in the world, under almost every political and economic system, and was in no way a stranger to capitalism or the United States. America experienced endless economic benefits from slavery, but it was simultaneously a despicable violation of human rights. Natives of Africa were not only captured, but transported to what is now the United States and forced to do work. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, European colonies heavily depended on the labor of the Africans for their economic survival. When the European colonists arrived at the United States, they determined that the vast amount of land they just gained was unserviceable without the adequate labor necessary to exploit it. The colonists experimented with Europeans and Native Americans as sources of slavery, but neither was deemed satisfactory. As shown in the Trans-Saharan Trade of the Middle Ages, the use of enslaved Africans for labor has proved to be very reliable. In the Trans-Saharan Trade, African slaves were supplied to work on sugar plantations in the Mediterranean, along with white, Russian slaves as well as the Balkans. In addition, this trade also delivered thousands of slaves a year to colonies in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Iberian Peninsula. Since the enslaved Africans proved to be reliable laborers in Europe and other colonies, they became the best choice amongst the new North American colonists. The demand became so high that Africans shortly became the overwhelming majority in America. The rest is history. The treatment of slaves in the America varied widely depending on conditions, times and places. Treatment was generally charac... ... middle of paper ... ...estors paved the way for my family to all claim a share the American dream. Works Cited Adams, James T. The Epic of America. Safety Harbor, FL: Simon Publications, 2001. 214-215. Print. Ancestry.com. 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls. McDonald, Allen B. “Interview on Family History.” Telephone interview. 14 Jan. 2014. Washington, Booker T. “A Slave Among Slaves.” Up From Slavery. New York: Doubleday, 1901. Print. Wolfe, Thomas. “The Promise of America.” You Can't Go Home Again. 1947. Project Gutenberg of Australia, Feb. 2007. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. .

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