Improving Race Relations
Slavery in America
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
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.
The History of Slavery
Friday, May 1st, 6pm
Orlando, FL, United States
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