African American Slavery
How it began, ended, and made an impact on African Americans
Slavery in America
Slaves in America were treated so poorly. The slaves would worked up to 18 hours each day. There were no weekends. The slaves had to make their own food, the masters did not buy food for their slaves so they had to eat fatty meat and cornbread. They were given no beds except an uncomfortable blanket and the slaves barely slept. The slaves were punished by being beaten or with a leather whip, depending on what you did you could get 100 strokes with the leather whip! They also could hang or imprison them if they did some thing really bad. The slaves could not be educated because if they knew how to write, then they could write a letter to escape. Also, slaves could not legally get married and plantation owners did want the women to have kids so they could have more slaves. Some of the women's masters would rape the enslaved women. Slaves could also go to church, but only with their masters. The treatment of slaves was terrible. The plantation owners would execute, rape, beat, and whip a slave if they needed to. For example, slaves who tried to escape had severe punishment, they could be beaten terribly.
Finally in 1865 slavery was illegal.