Slaves in America

By: R.J. P

The slavery start

Slavery started in the early 1600's in North American colonies. All slaves were African American and were brought to the U.S. by European consumers who took them to ships. Slavery was present in the U.S. for; work without pay or respect on farms or big plantations. Life wasn't fair at all for slaves, women were beat and families were worried that the members would be taken and sold. There was a big demand for cotton in America and Great British because it was the leading cash crop. Slavery lasted for a long 246 years! A while into slavery the Emancipation Proclamation was created to end slavery, but however didn't do so. Although, men were allowed to fight with the union army which involved them in the civil war. This was effected by Lincoln who was the current president. Finally, the union won the civil war and ended slavery along with the 13th amendment which made it illegal!

The Underground Railroad

This was the only way that slaves could escape from the camps they were working at. Harriet Tubman takes a big part in the piece of slavery, she came from Maryland and was a model to others slaves by helping them escape. She freed a few more than 300 slaves and made 19 trips back and fourth! Because she was doing this, her capture was worth $40,000. When the union army fought in the civil war she offered herself to them as a nurse, a cook and even a spy!

The Slave of Music

All of the songs that the slaves would sing had something to do with their religious beliefs, and hidden codes. Some of these songs were usually used to pass the time or lift spirits. After reading the lyrics of the 2 songs: The Drinking Gourd and Go Down Moses, I realized that one of them leads the slaves to the north and the other is a man preaching to let his people go.

Harriet Tubman

Born: 1820, Dorchester County, MD. Died: March 10th, 1913, Auburn NY. Full name: Araminita Harriet Ross. Nicknames: Minty and Moses. Children: Gertie Davies. Spouses: Nelson Davies(1869-1888) and John Tubman(1844-1851).