Chapter Three Of Slavery And Immigrants From Africa By Roger Daniels

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Chapter three of Slavery and Immigrants from Africa by Roger Daniels had insightful information. It explains how “slave trade was a great international crime”(53). It goes into detail explaining that slave trade involved the transportation of more than nine million slaves, but not all made it into the New World. Slavery existed in every North American colony, including Canada but it became mostly prominent in the southern states. Though this was the case Northern merchants profited from slavery also. It was interesting that the Southern cotton planters and northern cotton textile manufacturers had a relationship based on the on the labor of Africans, even after the outlaw of the slave trade. An issue that was brought up was whether to consider the African slaves as immigrants. Though people tended to believe it is not immigration, a fact that cannot be ignored is how slave trade was “one of the most significant contributions to the peopling of the colonies”(54). The slaves that were brought over also brought along their culture or “baggage” as stated in the text. The slaves and black immigrants from the Caribbean have contributed to American life. Examples of this can be seen in “literature, politics, sports, and most recently, in the American military,” (55), but often times this is ignored due to how slavery is taught. It was realized that every fifth American was an African immigrant or a descendant of one by the end of the colonial period. It was interesting to…

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