Improving Race Relations in America

Gracyn Allan

Slavery In America

Slavery began when European merchants started the Triangular Trade. This was a trade from Africa, to America, to Europe, and then back to Africa. Slaves from Africa would go to America, and sugar, cotton, and tobacco would go to Europe from America. Then, manufactured goods, such as guns, would go to Africa and the trading cycle would continue. Slaves from Africa would be brought to America on slave ships. The condition of these ships were very poor. Slaves would be put in a small area with little food. Also, many slaves on these ships died from things like disease, suicide, and starvation. Slaves were used as a source of labor in the new world and many slaves would work on plantations.

Slaves in America were treated very poorly. They would work about 15-16 hours a day and work 6 days a week. They would also get very few meals and be severely punished, depending on how strict of a master they had. Slaves would often be whipped or nearly beaten to death if they disobeyed their master. They were not allowed to go to school, attend church, or get married, but they could have children because that means that their master would have more slaves. If your mother was a slave, then that meant you would be a slave. Slaves were treated like property. If they ran away they would be severely beaten nearly to the point of death in most cases.

It took until 1865 for slavery to be illegal in the United States with the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Although Lincoln was not an abolitionist, he did not think that slavery was a good thing. His main goal was to keep our country together as one. After three years of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. This helped to free the slaves that were in states that had succeeded from the union, but it did not apply to the loyal boarder states. This also allowed black people to join the Union Army to fight for freedom. On December 6, 1865, the 13th amendment was passed and it freed the slaves in America.

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Improving Race Relations

There are still racial tensions in America today. Although there is no longer slavery, some black people still feel that they are not treated equally compared to white people. There are also many stereotypes about black people in our world today. For example, some people believe that black people are better athletes or that they would be more likely to commit a crime. Also, when a black person is shot by a white police officer it creates a huge controversy. These are just a few examples of how racial tensions still exist in America today.

The legacy of slavery has contributed to these racial tensions. I think this because throughout our nation's history, black people have been treated very poorly and unequally. I believe that some people do not realize how they treat people of other races and that there should be a plan to improve race relations in America.

The idea I have to improve race relations in America is to start a new talk show where people of other races are asked how they feel about a certain event or how they feel about race relations in general. I think that this would help people to realize that no matter what race, everyone should be treated equally. People would also have the chance to share their thoughts and opinions on events that happen in our world today regarding discrimination or racism. It could have some famous guests or just ordinary people of different races on the show. They could then talk about recent events or feelings that they have on race relations in America. I think that by creating this talk show it would help to raise awareness of discrimination and racism in our world today, and it could help people of all races to feel that they are treated equally.

Gracyn