The History of Slavery in America

By: Timmy Eppich

Slavery in America

How did slavery begin? Slavery began with the triangular trade. The triangular trade was a trade between Europe, America, and Africa that consisted of slaves, cash crops, and manufactured goods. The conditions on a slave ship were terrible men women and children were crammed into every available space on the ship. Slaves were need to work plantations in the new world because there was so much work to be done on the plantation. Most of the slaves were needed in the south because the south is were all the plantations were in the south. Plantation owners grew there crops in the south because it stay warm enough to grow crops all year. The cotton gin made it easier for slaves to pick the seed out of cotton because it did it for them.

How were slaves in America treated? Slaves worked long hours, they would work up to 18 hours a day. There meals consisted mainly of fatty meats like bacon. Slaves were punished if they made a mistake or didn't work hard enough in the field. The main punishment for a slave would be getting whipped. Slaves were not allowed to attend school because plantation owners feared the if they knew how to read and right they could contact people on the outside world and plan to escape. If a slave was caught trying to escape he was either brutally whipped or killed.

Finally in 1865 slavery became illegal in the United States with the 13th amendment to the US constitution. In 1787 slavery is made illegal in the northwest territory of the US. In 1820 the Missouri compromise made slavery illegal bans slavery north of the southern boundary of Missouri. In 1849 Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery and creates the underground railroad to help slaves escape to freedom. In 1852 Harriet Beecher Stow's novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is published and is was one of the most influential books of all time. Abe Lincolns views on slavery were not that he wanted to end it during the civil war but that he wanted to hold the country together. The emancipation proclamation turned the civil war into a war on slavery because it didn't free a single slave.

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My Plan to Improve Racism

How to Improve Race Relations

There are still racial tensions today. African Americans are expected to commit crimes more often than a white person just because of there skin color. Most people think that all African Americans are not good in school and get bad grades. They think all African Americans are poor and live in bad areas. Also police tend to be more violent with African American than white people. According to a black activist group one African American male is killed every 28 hours.

Why do these tensions still exist today. The legacy of slavery is contributing to these racial tensions. It is very hard to forget about our Americans legacy of slavery because so many people supported slavery and were willing to die to keep it. Also because our country had about 10.7 million slaves and because between 1.2 and 2.4 million slaves were killed in America.

My idea to improve race relations in America is to create a museum to show the terrible history of slavery. My museum will be in Washington DC. My museum will have artifacts from 1619 when slavery started to 1863 when slavery ended. it will have artifacts such as clothes, whips, and other belongings of slaves from that time period. Also there will be an exact copy of a slave shed so you can see what conditions slaves had to live in.