Slavery in America

A Brief History of Slavery

Slavery is a terrible thing. They were Africans, shipped from their homeland to work endlessly for little food, and enough clothing to keep them covered. They weren't even treated like humans. As far as most men in the south were concerned, they might as well not be. All they were to most of the southern people was a free work force.

Fortunately, there were various people fighting slavery. One of the most prominent was former slave, Harriet Tubman. She founded the underground railroad, an operation that freed more than 300 slaves.

There were many spiritual songs the slaves sang. Look some up. One called "Follow the Drinking Gourd" is full of symbolism for directions on how to follow the underground railroad. Others were made to raise the spirits of the slaves.

Eventually, President Abraham Lincoln was elected. He had a wonderful beard, a wonderful hat, and a wonderful heart. He fought the Civil War, leading to some of the most casualties in American history. In 1863, he freed the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation, and was assassinated two years later. Black peoples' terrible lifestyle remained, though. There was a long period of immense racism in the United States.

Eventually, with help from Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others, we finally destroyed racism in the United States forever. Now, we live with black men and women with peace and tranquility.