African-American Memories Of Slavery

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What country do your ancestors come from? In today’s society, people are gradually losing their historical background on how each and everyone migrated into different countries. People deserve to know the truth about the past and present history of their country especially Americas. American generation needs to know that African- Americans today are descendants of slavery. Slavery was one of the darkest periods in the history of African and African-Americans lives. The term “slave” is defined as a person or a group of people who has been forced against their will to work and be owned by another person as a property. Slavery existed throughout the 15th to 19th centuries. The 13th Amendment to the U.S Constitution abolished slavery decades ago …show more content…
This act was known as the “Triangular Trade”. An article entitled “The Tran-Atlantic Slave Trade” reported that the Europeans exchange goods such as gunpowder, munitions, textiles, and alcohol to the Africans. The merchants met at the market on the coast and people who were traded to the Europeans were mostly prisoners of war from different tribes. The trade was mainly in the west and central part of Africa. The Europeans held the slaves in castles such as Elmina in the central region of Gold coast ( which is now Ghana), Goree Island (now in present day Senegal), and Bunce Island (now in present day Sierra Leone, where they prepare them for the New World . Historians estimated that the buying and selling of the slaves was approximately twelve million of enslaved African men, women and children were brought into the New World, across the Atlantic Ocean in the 16th to 19th century. During their deporting to the New World, the slaves were chain, poorly fed and were abused in the ship. Due to the poor condition in the ship, it was estimated that 1.5 to 2 million people died and they were thrown into the ocean. The crossing of the Atlantic was known as the “Middle …show more content…
The southern wanted to give the abolitionist an impression that they were treating theirs slaves well. Even though the Atlantic slave trade was a banned there were still slaves through reproduction. The slave’s owners were treating their slave with humanity to keep them as their property. In an article, “13th Amendment to the U.S Constitution Abolition of Slavery (1865)”, reported that slavery was abolished and African- Americans were free from their slave masters. However they were not considered as citizens For example, slaves were not allow to testify in court as

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