Enslavement Of Slavery

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“If you allow one single germ, one single seed of slavery to remain in the soil of America... that germ will spring up, that noxious weed will thrive, and again stifle the growth, wither the leaves, blast the flowers and poison the fair fruits of freedom” (Rose). The enslavement of African Americans occurred in early America, before the civil war took place. The primary cause of this need for slaves came with the need for assistance in agricultural settings in order to be more efficient with production of a product. The enslavement of African peoples can be viewed from both an economic and a psychological standpoint. It also can relate to current issues in the United States such a human trafficking, or prostitution.
Section #2- Background
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Many white citizens felt that other races did not deserve the same rights as them “most white Americans believed that Africans were inferior and that slaves were better off being provided for in captivity than they would be if they were free” (Burns). This quotation reveals that racism was common in the South and that slave owners tried to convince themselves that what they were doing was honorable and just by claiming that Africans were actually in a better place when they were enslaved. The reason that many slave owners and traders convinced themselves of this is that slave trade was a high-risk but a high-reward occupation. This caused many traders to determine that it was worth it for the money, to degrade and capture other human beings and that the rewards were greater than the consequences. One of these consequences that slave traders disregarded, was the breaking up of families with virtually to regard. To the Americans involved in slave trade, African Americans were just “pets” for which it did not matter if their family was taken away because they were under the ownership of a master. This idea also displays the great racism involved in slave trade with a complete negligence for the feelings of the captives. White traders convinced themselves that the slaves were simply objects that needed to be advertised and sold. Many traders would increase the diet of, better the clothes of, and teach the slaves how to act and what to say so that they could sell for higher prices. They also did this in order to convince the general public that the traders treated the slaves with care and benevolence. The fact that the traders had to do this in the first place, displays that many recognized that trade was immoral, they just continued it anyways for a profit. The citizens of the South then attempted

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