Race Relations in America

Gianna Uber

Slavery in America

Slavery began when European merchants started the Triangular Trade. The Triangular Trade is when goods came from England, Africa and America. The England ships would carry beads, cloth, hardware, rum, salt or weapons. The ship would go to Africa and would trade this goods for people who were enslaved. Then the ship from Africa to America would take all of the enslaves people. Lastly, the ship from America to England would take molasses, rum, sugar, and tobacco. Slave ships were ships that transported slaves to and from there location. Many slaves were needed into the new world because they could grow rum, sugar, coco, cotton, and coffee. It required many people to do this stuff so they decided to make more slaves come into the new world.


Slaves in America were treated poorly. Slaves worked from sunrise to sunset. They had poor clothing they were bare foot most of the time. Slaves lived in small stick house with dirt floors there was cracks in the wall which let the cold in during the winters. Slaves did not get much food it was put to a minimum they were rely given meat. Slave were punished in many ways. They were whipped, burned, hang. The slaves got this when ever they disobeyed there servant or wasn't working right. Slaves could not go to school read or write. Slaves were allowed to get married because the slave-owners thought that it was a good idea so they could have more work out on the fields.


It took until 1865 for slavery to be illegal in the United States with the 13th Amendment the the U.S. Constitution. In 1776, the Declaration of Independence says "that all men are created equal. In that saying slavery still remain in the thirty of the new established- states. Then in 1865, when Abraham Lincoln becomes president, the Congress passed the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which bans slavery from the entire United States. Then one year later they put the 13th Amendment into part of the Constitution. During this progress, Lincoln was assassinated and Vice President Andrew Jackson finished the presidency.

Plan to Improve Race Relations

There are still racial tensions in America today. Some problems with schools is that Caucasians aren't getting in much trouble as the African Americans. Were to the African Americans get a expelled longer or suspended. People clam that police are being having racial tensions cause they are not treating the Caucasians the same as the African Americans. For the Caucasians they would just arrest them cause of what they are doing but if they are doing anything else the police decides. But for the African Americans they are doing other whys but what we hear is that they are the police are the ones who are causing the problem. Many people think that it is unfair how other are being treated. Many kids don't know about racial tensions cause there parent don't think they need to know or they just don't want to talk about it.


The legacy of slavery has contributed to these racial tensions. It is very hard to forget our country's history of supporting slavery because human beings were being treated horribly. They were whipped, hanged, a worked to death with no break or barley any food. Also, it is difficult because it is still going on today so we still see it happening it not as bad as it used to be. Back when we were trying to get rid of slavery it was very hard and many slaves ran away. Even though it is going on today many people don't realize it. Some families don't like talking about what happened or what is going on now cause they don't want there kids to be worried about there friends.


The one idea I have to improve race relations is to have a New Program about race relations in the United States. For my News Program, it will describe what happened when slavery is going on. I will interview many people in different states so people can know what is happening to other states not just theirs. During the New Program, we will have a slide show going and we will have people talking about what happened today and how it could get better. Also, we will have famous artist and movie stars come and talk about what they think. Your host will be Dr. Phil and Allison Seymour. Parents that don't know how to tell this to your kids you can get ideas from this news program. The New Program will be called Color Commentary and it will show every night around 9 PM.