Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were transported to the North America colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619 to help the production of tobacco. Those African slaves had been captured in wars by their enemy before being sold to the landowners as slaves. As they were born as blacks, the English isolated them by purchasing and torturing them brutally. The black slaves had been forced to sign a contract or “indenture” to pay the people whom pay the expense of their passage. Those slaves who run would be punished by severe flogging, being tortured, and returning to their former masters to serve for the rest of their lives. According to Takaki, the English believe that blacks were “foul, malignant, sinister, and wicked”, also they were said to be “cannibals”. On the other hand, whites are defined as “purity, innocence and goodness”. Just because of black color, African slaves were...
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...t than adults. But it became more confused because Jefferson, himself had children with a black woman. According to Takaki,. “Jefferson wanted to abolish the institution that had denied “liberty” to the people he owned as property; it represented a “moral reproach” that tormented his conscience”. Even he tried to against slavery but failed to do that since the slaveholders could not free their labors.
To me it is important to know about people around me as knowing my own story. I think that Africans had played a big role in United States history through the slavery decades, the enormous war such as Bacon’s rebellion and the effort to stop slavery of Thomas Jefferson. I also believe that without the African, the America would be so much different. It’s not a free country with different cultures and races like today. I think America today is more beautiful than ever.
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