Slavery in America

By: Seth Plymel

How did slavery begin?

Slavery began when European merchants started the Triangular Trade. The Triangular Trade was a system in which slaves, crops and manufactures were traded between Africa, the Caribbean, and the American Colonies. So many slaves were needed in the new world because once the new land was distributed many people got plantations and the plantation owners needed slaves to work for them. The invention of the Cotton gin affected the slavery because it helped pick out the seeds in the cotton so the slaves had more time to pick cotton so their owner would be happy.


Slaves in America were treated poorly. A typical day for a slave was not so good. They had very few actual days. Slaves generally have Sundays off and holidays such as Christmas and the Fourth of July. Slaves in the field normally worked from sunrise till sundown. They did't have anything special when it came to food. They were fed normally corn and some type of meat. Slaves were punishes by whipping, shackling, hanging, beating, burning, mutilation, branding and imprisonment. If a slave was caught running away the punishment would be very severe.


It took until 1865 for slavery to be illegal in the United States with the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Abraham Lincoln had no intentions of ending slavery were it existed. The Emancipation Proclamation broadened the goals of the Civil War. Lincoln knew that if he won the war he would now be freeing thousands of slaves. Lincoln had a a view on slavery that if he could save the union without freeing a single slave he would. If he could save the union with freeing every slave he would. Abraham's main goal was to just win the war and free the slaves in the south if he could do so.

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My plan to improve race relations in America

There are still racial tensions in America today. Some people think that all police men are racist because we have had some incidents involving them. There are still a lot of racial tensions out there. A black man was selling illegal cigarettes when a cop approached him trying to arrest him. The black male threw his arms in the air and told the cops not to touch him. The police man then put the man in a choke hold and killed him. The man was yelling i cant breath but the police man never let go. Many people believe this is wrong, but if it was a white man do you think he would of choked him to death even if he was yelling "i can't breath". I personally think the police man could of handled the situation much better than choking him out. If worse came to worse he should of just called backup. I think it this was a white man the police man would of not choked him to death. This police man may have been racist but that doesn't mean that all police men are racist. The legacy of slavery has contributed to these racial tensions.


It is so hard to forget our country's history supporting slavery because it had such a big impact of America. Slavery plays a big part in our history so it's hard to talk about American history without talking about slavery.