Slavery in America

By: Emily Mabe & Macie O'Brien

Option 3

how were slaves treated and how are modern slaves treated and kept in slavery in spite of slavery being illegal and compared to slaves of the past?

Before the Civil War slaves were treated unfairly and cruelly, though it mostly depended on the master(s) of the slave. Back then they were forced to do the work of the white people. Slaves back then either worked in the fields from morning to night, they always had chores to do and if they aren’t accomplished then they would get harsh punishments. Slaves back then were sold off, often times their families are all sold off so that they’ll never see each other again.

Modern slaves now are treated almost the same as back then, they are still bought and treated like property and not human beings. They aren’t paid. There are different types of human trafficking unlike back then though. There is force labor, debt labor, child labor and domestic servitude.

What was the government stance on slavery in the 1840s 1850s?

The government thought that slavery was a great idea in the 1840s and 50s because that meant more money for all of the whites and proslavers. Most of the heads in the government were from the south. The government thought that there was nothing bad about slavery and were unaware of the conditions slaves were put in.

How does our modern government’s stance on slavery compare with that of the administration in the 1840s and 1850s?

The government’s stance on slavery greatly differs with that of the 1840s and 1850s. In the 19th century, there were mixed sides on slavery. Generally speaking, the North disagreed with slavery while the South agreed. Now, we are against slavery--it’s illegal according to the 13th amendment. The government has decided that if we encounter slavery anywhere in the U.S., that there should be some punishments encountered with it. But, also the government doesn’t put this as a big issue.

How does the TVPA (Trafficking Victims Protection Act) affect the economies of the countries that traffic slaves into the U.S.?

The countries that still traffic slaves mainly get their profit from that and only that. Therefore, if TVPA puts heavy resistance to this situation, the economies of these countries would go down tremendously. Not only would they lose money, but they would also lose other things such as resources and labor. Many of the slave owners are too lazy or don’t even care about the product itself, just the profit from it. Therefore if there are no slaves, they wouldn’t be able to produce the products that gain profit. But, the problem is that there isn’t an end to this even with TVPA. Countries still use traffic slavery to gain profit. The only way we can put a stop to this is to reference to TVPA and put a lot of emphasis on it. To conclude, the countries that traffic slaves are greatly affected from the TVPA not only the economies, but for the structure of the countries themselves..

Although trafficking victims are allegedly protected by the TVPA, oftentimes their lack of documentation leads them to be mistreated by legal officials and prosecuted as illegal immigrants. How does this affect the human trafficking problem?

The trafficking victims, due to the lack of documentation, makes the officials mistreat the victim and this isn’t helping the human trafficking problem. This is affect the trafficking problem because then legal officials don’t know who to help because they don’t know if they are trafficking victims or illegal immigrants. The officials can get easily confused between them. This also allows the human traffickers harder to get caught since the officials don’t know who is the victim of the human trafficking so then they can’t trace the human trafficker back as easily. This also means that the officials can’t know the exact number of people that are victim to the human trafficking.

What is the benefit of trading human beings for labor or profit?

The benefits of trading human beings for labor or profit is that the economy will go up because the owners of the plantations do not pay the slaves, so they get free labor. With this free labor, more crops can be sold. Another benefit is that the slaves get housed and fed. Even though these rations were small and not desired, they had food on their table and a roof over their head. The slaves also had medical care. The plantation owners needed their workers to work at the best of their ability, so when they were sick or injured the owners had a doctor come and take care of them. Today, human trafficking benefits the owner of the victim but not the victim himself. The owner gets free labor from the victim while the victim works in horrible condition. This boosts the economy like it did in the past.

The Antebellum Period

The Antebellum Period in American history is generally considered to be the period before the civil war and after the War of 1812, although some historians expand it to all the years from the adoption of the Constitution in 1789 to the beginning of the Civil War. Some historians consider it the period of Manifest Destiny or the period of Abolition.

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