Improving Race Relations
By Evan McBride
Slavery in America
Why So Many Slaves in the South?
Then, the introduction of Eli Whitney's "cotton gin" brought all of the slaves to the south like New Orleans, Charleston, and Galveston. While it took a single slave ten hours to seperate a single pound of fiber from the seeds, it took two slaves using a cotton gin to produce fifty pounds of cotton in just one day. So, the number of slaves increased by millions.
How Were They Treated?
Slaves in America were treated so poorly that they got no beds, they slept on the cold damp floor at night. Sometimes they got their sleep when they prepared for the field the upcoming day. They would get punished if they didn't show up to work, neglecting the master's orders, or caught running away from the fields. The bad behavior would end up a whipping, breaking bones, or a beating with a stick. This was all legal until 1865 when the United States made the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.