Race Relations in America
from the slavery to now, which isn't much of a difference
How did Slavery begin?
Slavery began when European merchants started the Triangular Trade. the Triangular Trade was the trade route between America, Britain, and Africa. Sugar, cotton and tobacco from America to Britain, Textiles, rum, and manufactured goods from Britain to Africa, and Slaves from Africa to America. Slave ships were massive ships used to transport large numbers of slaves to America in inhuman conditions. So many slaves were needed in America because large cotton plantations needed a large work force. The cotton gin increased the need for slaves because it was easier to pick more cotton faster.
Slavery began when European merchants started the Triangular Trade.
Slaves in America were treated poorly. they worked 15-16 hours a day, given little sleep and little food. They were punished harshly (typically by being whipped) for little mistakes of almost no reason. They were not allowed to go to school, most were not allowed to go to church. they were, however, encouraged to marry and have children because that meant the master got more slaves for free. Runaways would be sold "south." That means that they were sold to someone who lived much further south than Maryland, where it would be harder to run away because the distance to the North was so much greater.
How did slavery end in America
Harriet Tubman escaped in 1849 and helped over 100 slaves escape.In 1861, the civil war started. Then in 1862, Abraham Lincoln made the emancipation proclamation. And In 1865, the civil war ended and the 13th amendment was passed. These events, and several others led our country to end slavery.
Race relations in America
There are still racial tensions in America today. The events in Ferguson, police brutality, the Baltimore riots, black neighborhoods being poorer than white neighborhoods, minorities getting crappy jobs due to racist bosses, the list goes on. America is still very racist
Why do these tensions still exist after 150 years?
The Legacy of slavery has contributed to these racial tensions. i think the reason that it is so hard to forget stereotypes and hatred is because when slaves came here, we all believed that they were an inferior race, and for hundreds of years, that belief was ironed into our brains. even now, many people are still just as racist as the south was 150 years ago.
My plan to improve race relations in America
my plan to improve race relations in America is to created an education program for kids and a parenting program for adults, both explain that blacks and whites are the same. hopefully, they will be effective, if not with the adults, then with the kids, because if we stop racism in kids, it will die out. I'm not saying it will stop racism completely, that will NEVER HAPPEN, but, if it is successful, it will make racism less vicious.