Slavery in America
By: Charlie Gallo
Slavery in America
Slaves in America were treated poorly. They did not have a lot of hours to sleep somewhere around 4-6 hours. They had to do long days. They were given small meals but three meals a day. They also had hard wooden bunks to sleep on with thin sheets as a blanket. When slaves acted up they would be whipped brutally. They were not aloud to read or even write. They could not attend school. They could attend church services and could marry. They were also aloud to have children. They were treated as property. They were split up and sold like cattle. If slaves were caught running away they could be beaten or even put to death.
It took until 1865 for slavery to be illegal in the United States with the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 1777- Vermont is the first of the thirteen colonies to abolish slavery and enfranchise all adult.1780- A freedom clause in the Massachusetts constitution is interpreted as an abloishment of slavery. Massachusetts enfranchises all men regardless of race. 1808- United States Bans Slave Trade Importing African slaves is outlawed. 1863 Emancipation Proclamation President Abraham Lincoln decrees that all slaves in Rebel territory are free on January 1, 1863. Lincoln was a man who did not agree with slavery. Lincoln's views on it was that he wanted to abloish it.The main reason for the Emancipation Proclamation was that Lincoln wanted to bring the country together again but wanted to free slaves.
Improving Race Relations
The legacy of slavery has contributed to these racial tensions. Some people have a hard time forgetting that we used to support slavery. It is hard for them because it happnended it was real and it was a bad thing in our country. Some are also racist and don't believe blacks are equal to a white man.
The one idea i have to improve race relations in America is to make a movie. The movie will show how white and black men and women can get along and be friends. It will show people how everyone is created equal. It will show everyone how not all black people are bad and not all white are bad. It will show family's that are racially mixed with black and white and how they get along and how it is just normal life.
Martin Luther King Jr.
King is greeting supporters.
Black and white men protesting together.
"I have a Dream"
King giving his famous I have a dream speech.