The Slavery Of The United States

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Jamestown was settled in 1607 by colonist from England. It was the first American colony. Settlers established the territory quickly and began to grow crops immediately. They were introduced to a new crop called tobacco. Shortly after this new crop was planted throughout Virginia, buyers realized how bitter the tobacco grown in that area was. Nobody wanted to buy the tobacco from Virginia anymore. Later on, Virginia was introduced to a new kind of tobacco shipped from Barbados, it was much sweeter and very quickly it was in high demand. It spread around Virginia as soon as planters could get their hands on it. Soon this new and sweet tobacco became a staple crop to Virginia. It became their main export. They shipped tobacco all over the world in large numbers. It was growing and selling quickly and the planters couldn’t keep up with all of that extra work. They began relying on the poorer Europeans in the area to work as indentured servants to help them keep up with the work. With the Triangular Trade between countries in full swing, the people of Jamestown soon turned to the idea of slavery for extra help with the growth of their cash crops. Through the Triangular Trade, slaves were shipped from Africa to the West Indies and then to North America where they were traded for goods such as fish, flour, livestock and lumber. The first group of African Slaves were brought to Jamestown, and began working for the European settlers. The settlers liked the idea of using slaves rather than indentured servants because they were cheaper. Slavery was successful in Jamestown. Because of this success, it spread quickly to the other American colonies. Because of the high demand for slaves in the American colonies, they were brought over in hi... ... middle of paper ... ...e says “No matter whether the slave girl be as black as ebony or as fair as her mistress. In either case, there is no shadow of law to protect her from insult, from violence, or even from death; all these are inflicted by friends who bear the shape of men” I believe statements and ideas like were ones abolitionists used to get their point across. Things like this really changed people’s outlook on slavery and racism when brought to their attention. Many Abolitionists caused uprisings of slaves and led them to fight back and defend themselves. Some people became fearful of slaves after this. The abolitionist movement changed this nation for the better and everything they used to fight slavery contributed to this change. After nearly 300 years of an ongoing battle with slavery, it was abolished in the United States when the 13th amendment was passed in April of 1865.

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