It also damaged the economic status of rich whites because they now were required to pay individuals for the labor that they did. This brings up the question of why individuals could be exploited in the first place? Before the Reconstruction Era, rich whites were able to violate the rights of blacks by no classifying them as humans. With this classification, blacks were not protected by the Constitution because they were not considered “men” and the constitution clearly states, “all men are ... ... middle of paper ... ...tecting their sons from harsh police treatment. Blacks tend to forget that the War on Drugs has devastated other families in their communities and silences families due to the fear of humiliation.
These hostages were traded for things such as: guns, textiles, and metal tools. Upon being captured, the British settlers chained the soon to be slaves around their necks, feet, hands and sometimes to each other. This preven... ... middle of paper ... ...cism in the South was crucial. Many blacks would still get killed and murdered just for being black. In conclusion, slavery was one of, if not the most tragic things that were brought to the face of mankind.
Slave Versus Master Slavery was a huge part of America’s history and is impossible to ignore today. African-Americans, during the 1860’s, obviously disagreed with the widespread use of slavery and did whatever they could to showcase their disapproval of it. There are many examples of slaves hostility toward their masters, but unfortunately the South was too heavily populated with slave owners for most of the protests to have a huge impact on the push for the abolition of slavery. The population of African-Americans in the South in 1860 is appalling. In 1860 the population was sixty-six percent white, thirty two percent slave, and an unbelievable two percent free blacks in the South.
However, if you dig deeper into the real history of slaves in America, the stories won’t always be as peaceful. Slaves were not always purchased by someone with compassion. Many cases show these poor slaves being treated with quite inhumane practices. Those slaves were given no choice except to try to find a way out of their dismal and dangerous lives. It was that desperate drive for survival that led to uprisings against the white man.
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.
This left African Americans no way to defend themselves against the prejudiced kidnappers and slave masters. Free African Americans, who should have been safe as any other person, were faced with the danger of being wrongly enslaved every day. They could be kidnapped as a result of an act put in place by greedy people that forced them to work in the cruel conditions of slavery. Free African Americans lost their lives to slavery, and most were not able to get it back. Hope kept them alive but whips beat them down.
In fact, it is likely that more individuals are becoming victims of human trafficking across borders against their will compared to the vast number of slaves that we know in earlier times. Slavery is no longer about legal ownership asserted, but instead legal ownership avoided, the thought provoking idea that with old slavery, slaves were maintained, compared to modern day slavery in which slaves are nearly disposable, under the same institutionalized systems in which violence and economic control over the disadvantaged is the common way of life. Modern day slavery is insidious to the public but still detrimental if not more than old American slavery. Slavery has been a part of human practices for centuries and dates back to the world’s ancient civilizations. In order for us to recognize modern day slavery we must take a look and understand slavery in the American south before the 1860’s, also known as antebellum slavery.
Some of the effects of slavery in America were positive, but almost all of slavery’s impact in other parts of the world was harmful. One major change in the areas that slaves were exported from can be shown in the demographics of Africa. 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 federal governments of the countries’ 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.
Where Equiano lived in Africa, slaves were either prisoners of war or criminals who committed acts such as adultery (33). In these cases, there was some sort of “justified” reason for this enslavement, however, the European trade involved many innocent men, women, and children, and they had no justification for enslaving these people besides them looking different or having a culture that was strange to them. The ignorance of slave owners most likely allowed for the slave trade to, as Equiano said, “debauch men’s minds, and harden them to every feeling of humanity” (111). This could be seen as a call out to the public to acknowledge that men were unknowingly being harmed by their increasing desire to parade another race of humans around as
These kind of methods not only ensured that plantation slaves were tractable and obedient due to the way in which they had been subjugated, but also reduce the impact of the African countries that the slaves come from. At the same time, force a false culture on the slave communities will destroy the culture heritage from their original countries. These things are important because they can show that the slave system appallingly and consistently violate the human rights. It also dehumanized the Africans who were to become slaves and denied their homelands a high percentage of human and cultural resources.