Slavery in America

By: Charlie Gallo

Slavery in America

Slavery began when European merchants started the Triangular Trade. The Triangular Trade was a trade among three regions. They traded sugar, cotton, and tobacco to Europe. Europe traded textiles, rum and manufactured goods to Africa. Africa traded America slaves. The slaves were taken there on slave ships. Slave ships are huge ships that carried family's of slaves to America conditions were poor and some died from disease, and starvation. Slaves were needed in the New World because of large plantations. The crops in the field needed taking care off. It was extensive labor. The South needed more slaves. They needed more slaves because they depended on slaves to keep growth of their farm. they also did not have to pay them. Slaves thought the labor would decrease with the invention of the Cotton Gin. The cotton gin affected slavery. One of the major effects of the cotton gin on slavery was the increased need for slaves to keep up with the profitability that came with its invention. It increased the need for more slaves.

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.

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Improving Race Relations

There are still racial tensions in America today. Some police officers are racist and target black males. At Mentor High a kid with a Vape pen was tackled for not giving him it. The kid was black and the officer was white. Some people believe it was because the kid was black that he was targeted but what the kid was doing was illegal and the police officer stopped him.

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.

Charlie Gallo