For thousands of years slaves have been used for means of menial labor and the general dirty work of the more wealthy proprietors. Slaves were used in the creation of the pyramids in Egypt, work on Mayan temples in South America, and even used by the Mongols in northern Asia as a part of the Mongolian fighting machine. The enslavement of the Africans, however, created a legacy of oppression and tyranny that carried on much longer after the abolition of the systems. The reason for this is that African slaves were not looked upon as humans at all, but as a commodity that could be abused and sold purely for the purpose of making a profit. In most other instances of slavery throughout history motives like religion and love for a king drove the souls of the men and women laborers.
In the late 1600s, Early America was marred with a myriad of controversies; none more so than the birth of slave labor. European settlers to the America were amongst the majority when purchasing African enslaved workers. Many of these people believed African slaves were not their equals and their sole purpose was to serve their superior race. This was taught through normal educational values as well as within their Christian religion. In order to lure these African slaves to the Americas, many were stolen from their home land and/or promised various falsehoods.
The American Civil War is interpreted differently by many historians but most see the catalyst as slavery, the motivation as economic, the outcome was a unified national identity. Slavery was a major issue that triggered the American Civil War. Slavery started out, as a few individual slaves coming from England that were generally white. This changed however, and soon the Southern slave traders began 'stealing' blacks to take back to the South. The slaves were forced to work 16-hour days, slave women were only seen as breeders and there were no laws against the rape of a female slave.
There were "southern defenders of slavery taunted abolitionists by arguing that wage workers in the North and England were equally slaves" and that "women were equally" treated unjustly, which means slavery was a way for the government to take advantage of their power (Balkin and Levison 1463). Slaves were constantly trying to find opportunities to escape. In Ads for Runaway Servants and Slaves (1733-72), many servants and slaves were runaways but many were caught or chose to returned to their masters because they had nowhere else to go. Many slave owners were uncertain as to why their slaves would run away because "he has been always too kindly used, if ... ... middle of paper ... ...ective Process. JSTOR.
“Slavery was Terrible for Men, but it was Worse for Women” Those who wore the chains of slavery spent their lives tied down to their master, and even when the chains were broken, they were never truly free of their fate. Many African- Americans were born into slavery throughout the 17th and 18th century, and these children were property of their masters before their parents could claim them. After all slaves were not considered human beings, they were simply property, cheap labor, and at times merchandise. It was said in “Give Me Liberty” that American slaves were better off than slaves in other countries since they were more expensive and valuable in the Unites States than other countries such as the West Indies and Brazil (322). Slavery
But not all states wanted it to be slaves, the Southern states wanted it and the Northern states didn't. Because it was divided that way, a struggle broke out over if slaves should be free or not. Colored people, also known as slaves, were treated like they were nothing. Like they were some kind of creatures, slavery has had an impact on America for years. This impact caused rage and hurt, slaves put their blood, sweat and tears in their work to not get beaten or get their children harmed as well.
Blacks were subject to overworking and humiliation by white men. Although this was not the case in every slave to master relationship, owning another person as property when they owe you no debt is still degrading, no matter how you treat the person. African Americans have suffered many hardships through slavery, were set free as a result of the Civil War, fought for their rights in the civil rights movement, and are on both sides of the coin when it comes to racism in America. Slavery began with Europeans kidnapping Africans to force them into slavery, but Europeans soon realized this was far too dangerous for them to continue doing. Europeans set up forts and trading post along the coasts of Africa and made deals with African tribal leaders.
Slaves endured many hardships such as being raped, beaten, and overworked by their slave masters. They were hardly considered as people to the white Americans. Slavery was ubiquitous throughout the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries. Slaves would get so frustrated with the abuse they received and would try to run away to the North, where African Americans could become free citizens. The North abolished slavery later in time because it wasn’t as dependent on it as to the South.
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.
Crevecoeur said that: “African were torn from their friends and relations when delivered into the hand of people of different color”(Crevecoeur, page 475).The fact that slavery took an important turn in United States was because it was practiced by white people who were looking for free labor to develop the new nation and that involved millions of slaves. The slaves were mistreated and considered as property. According to Spalding: “The slaves were considered merely as property and in no respect whatever as persons” (Spalding, page 463). Africans were used as slaves because they were strong and hard workers. They were sold and used for work without remuneration a... ... middle of paper ... ...aid that: “The great ambition of democracy was precisely to free people from atavistic power through a discipline of principles that would forbid it” (Steele, page 496).