"Representative Woman: Harriet Jacobs and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." 16 April 2002.
Introduction Slavery was one of the darkest periods in African American history. Africans were taken from their homes in West Africa and brought to America to work on plantations. However, slavery was not something new as it existed in Africa before Europeans partook in it, but slavery in Africa was very different from slavery in America. During their voyage through the Middle Passage many slaves perished. Those who survived were sold and subjected to the harsh life on the plantations.
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Slavery in many ways made family life difficult, if not possible (Williams). Africans and black Americans were considered property, between the 16th century and 19th century and even past then, African people or people from that descent weren’t able to be married because of this. Not only were people not allowed to be married, families were often separated. Slavery inflicted harm against many African/black families, and although slavery is over, we still suffer from that harm today. We can still see the trauma of slavery today in stereotypes and historical and cultural... ... middle of paper ... ...had is the fact that it benefited the New World.
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