Improving Race Relations

Morgan Sinkovic

Slavery in America

Slavery began when European merchants started the triangular trade. The triangular trade was a system when slaves, crops and manufactures were traded between Africa, the Caribbean, and the American Colonies. They used slave ships, which were large cargo ships used to transport the African slaves to America. In the New world, they needed many slaves because the New World had an envirement where they could grow sugar, tabacco, cocoa, coffee, and cotton that people in Europe would pay high prices for but the work was very hard so they needed the slaves to do all of the hard labor for them. There was more slavery in the South because the south had rich soil so they did a lot of farming and they grew many crops because they had rich soil. The invention of the Cotton gin increased the number of slaves because more cotton could be produced which lead to more cotton farms and the more cotton farms there were, the more slaves there were.

Slaves in America were treated poorly. Most slaves worked 15-16 hours a day, 6 days a week and they had Sundays off. Slaves usually received a monthly allowance of corn meal and salt-herrings. Some plantation owners gave their slaves a small piece of land, a truck-patch, where they could grow vegetables. They only slept with one blanket and they did not have beds. Slaves were punished by whipping, shackling, hanging, beating, burning, and imprisonment. Slaves were not allowed to go to school or attend church. It was forbidden for a slave owner to teach a slave how to read and write. Most slave owners encouraged their slaves to get married but they couldn't legally marry, they just said they were married and they were allowed to have children. If a slave was caught running away, they were severly punished and it was up to their slave owner on what they were going to do to their slave.

It took until 1865 for slavery to be illegal in the United States with the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, members of the continental congress sign the Declaration of Independence. In 1787 the Northwest Ordinance forbids slavery, except as criminal punishment, in the Northwest Territory(Later Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin). Residents of the territory are required to return all fugitive slaves. In 1817, the American Colonization Society is founded to help free blacks resettle in Africa. In 1865, the 13th amendment to the U.S. constitution abolishes slavery throughout the country. Abraham Lincoln against slavery expanding and he supported the 13th amendment which freed all of the slaves in the country.

Plan to Improve Race Relations

There are still racial tensions in America today. Public school students of color get more punishment than the white students, according to surveys released by the U.S. Education Department that include data from every U.S. school district. The schools with more white people usually have more money and good education but the schools with more black people usually have less money and not as good of education. The police think less of African Americans than white people. The police always think that blacks are the ones causing the trouble and they put the blame more on black people than white people.

The legacy of slavery has contributed to these racial tensions. It is so difficult to forget our country's history of supporting slavery because it lasted a very long time and it was such a big part of our history. So many African Americans died during the time that slavery was going on and it is something that you just can not forget about even if you tried.

The one idea i have to improve race relations in America is to have a tour around the world and in the tour, it would be people explaining and talking about the history of slavery and how slaves were treated. This tour would help people around the world what the slaves had to go through and to not label someone just because they are
African American or any other race. The tour is called The History of Slavery and it would hopefully decrease the racial tensions in America today. We would travel all around the world. We are going to go to each state except for Alaska and Hawaii. We are going to start with Florida and go around the whole country.

Morgan Sinkovic

My name is Morgan Sinkovic and i had to do a social studies project about slavery
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The History of Slavery

Friday, May 1st, 6pm

Orlando, FL, United States

Orlando, FL

we will start our tour May 1st starting in Flordia and then we are traveling around the world and we will be somewhere different each weekend. There is no admission fee. Its free for everyone