Slavery in America

by Rico Gomez

How did Slavery Begin?

Slavery began when European merchants started to Triangular Trade. The Triangular Trade was a system in which slaves, crops, and manufactures were traded between Africa, the Caribbean, and the American colonies. They would usually send the goods on the Slave ships with all of the slaves on the bottom of the ship and the goods on the top. once shipped the slaves would begin their work almost immediately. A lot of slaves were needed to harvest all of the new cash crops. These crops would bring in loads of money for the owner. These slaves were typically used in the south. Later there was a machine invented called the "cotton gin". This machine cleaned the cotton better then the slaves, however it did need slave power. The cotton gin increased the amount of slaves by a good amount though.


Slaves in America were treated very poorly.The typical day of a plantation slave was generally not very good. Many different sources would describe the slave's day as "Hell". The workday for a slave consisted of 15-16 hours per day; 6 days out of the week; the slaves get Sunday off. One aspects of a slave's day was to experience the hard labor that all the slaves felt.In the South, the weather was always considered to be good enough for working. If the slaves disobeyed their orders they would generally be whipped or have longer work hours. If a slave was caught running they would endure hours of punishment. For the slaves that escaped without being caught were extremely lucky and risky. Some punishments would lead to death, but most owners didn't want to kill their slaves that they paid good money for.


It took until 1865 for slavery to be illegal in the United States with the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In 1776, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Society of Friends, also known as the Quakers, forbids its members from holding slaves.This was the start of change. In 1777 Vermont was the first of the thirteen colonies to abolish slavery and enfranchise all adult males. later then would the women be free. In 1793 the Fugitive Slave Act The United States outlaws any efforts to impede the capture of runaway slaves. then in 1863 Emancipation Proclamation President Abraham Lincoln decrees that all slaves in Rebel territory are free on January 1, 1863. Lincoln was against slavery more then the former presidents that served.

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Improving Race Relations.

There are still racial tensions in America today. even though i believe most Americans believe in the equality of races, there are still some that don't. The most common people that don't are typically older southern men and women.


Not all of them do not believe , but that is the common group of people that do. I don't know why it is that this group acts like this, but i think it would have to do with slavery in the south many years ago. This group could think that their ancestors where ripped off or whatever it might be.


My plan to fix this would be complicated. I would put together a group, and we would be called ADF. That would is and acronym for Abolish Discrimination Forever. My group would ask blacks and whites if they would wanna relocate to another neighborhood, that is mainly a different race. Yes there is going to be people who are un-easy about it, but we will try our best to stop any conflict. If the people who are being raciest become a threat then we will move the family or person out of the area ASAP. Our group will also be in contact with police very often so any illegal treatment will come with a punishment.


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where and why racism happens

Institutional racism as it's formally called is racism that occurs in our institutions such as places of education and schools, the health care system, in the public services, employment and housing. In these places it's all because someone thinks they are better then the other. How could they be better if they are black or white. There are just as many white people that commit crime as there is black people. It truly is stupid to use that as a reason to why you might be better then someone. We all have the same body parts, same goals,and same dreams. Just because you are black doesn't mean that it is harder to reach those. It's just as hard for whites, and every other race.