Slavery in America

By Olivia Reiter

Slavery was part of our country's intriguing history.

Slavery started in 1500 or 1600 when Africa sold its people as currency along the Trading Triangle. The Africans that were taken to America were sold to men and women looking for workers in their fields. The new country was quickly divided because of opinions on slavery. The Northern half of the country abolished slavery, and the Southern half legalized it.

Some slaves tried to escape.

There were many different forms of escape, and not one of them was easy. And there was no guaranteed of freedom, even if you made it into the North, because according to law, you were still your owner's property. You would have had to make it into Canada to even have a chance of regaining a free life. One of the most famous escape routes was called the Underground Railroad, a system of paths and passages that you could follow to make it to the North.

So came the start of the Civil War.

The Civil War

The Civil started when the rift between the North and the South (or the Union and Confederate) deepened enough to fire a gun. As a result, some slaves left their owners to join the Union or Conferderate army. With the Union victorious, the end of the war put a large dent in slavery rules, and the Emancipation Prolamation issued by President Lincoln helped as well, but the Thirteen Amendment ended slavey for good. Discrimination and racism still lives on today, though.