Slavery In America

By: Nathan Feggeler

Describe the government stance on slavery in the 1840s and 1850s.

The governments stance on slavery in the 1840s and 50 was not very good for instance The North was mostly against slavery while the south was for slavery because they use it as their labor force. To keep from having a war the us tried to keep the senate equal they did this by creating the Mason Dixon line. But this line caused problems because cause California in cut in half and California was not a slave holding state so California became a free state this upset the senate. In the 1850 Henry Clay presented a bill that was called the Compromise of 1850. This bill allowed the abolishing of slavery in D.C. but the compromise of 1850 also created the Fugitive Slave Act, the Act made it so that citizens were required to aid in the recovery of fugitive slaves. The U.S. was being torn apart by slavery and all the compromises were just holding off the war.

How does our modern government’s stance on slavery compare with that of the administration in the 1840s and 1850s?

In the 1840s and 50s the slaves were used in many states for labor on plantations and for servants and maids. The government considered slaves to be property not people. The modern government considers all people to be human beings with equal rights.

Prior to the Civil War, the economy of the South was heavily reliant on slavery. How does the TVPA affect the economies of the countries that traffic slaves into the U.S.?

The TVPA can affect the countries that trade slave by decreasing the revenues from human trafficking they can also be sanctioned or punished by the U.S. and it would increase the cost of slave labor because they have no slaves any more.

Describe how slaves were treated and kept in the institution of slavery during the Antebellum. How are modern slaves treated and kept in slavery in spite of slavery being illegal?

In the antebellum period the slaves were not treated like people more like proportie. in the antebellum period the slaves were forced to work even if they were sick. on the rice plantations the African Americans stand in water for hours in the suns rays. Child mortality was extremely high, the generally mortality rate was about 66% -- on one rice plantation it was as high as 90%. And if a slave was disobeying its master then the owner would whip them. In the U.S. today the slaves are treated poorly Approximately 78% of victims are enslaved for labor, 22% of victims are enslaved for sex. The ILO's report "2012 Global estimate of forced labour" estimates that 20.9 million people are victims of forced labour.

Although trafficking victims are allegedly protected by the TVPA, oftentimes their lack of documentation leads them to be mistreated by legal officials and prosecuted as illegal immigrants. How does this affect the human trafficking problem?

This affect the human trafficking problem because while they are prosecuting the victim for being an illegal immigrant they are not looking for the person how trafficked the slave over to the U.S. of any other country (like Great Britain).

What is the benefit of trading human beings for labor or profit?

The benefit of trading humans is for profit or immoral purposes like cheap slave labor.


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