The first argument Sewall presented was that the African slaves were not helping the economy because they were taking away the jobs that low class white citizens could do because slaves could do it for free. He also talked about how slaves were too different from Americans, and they would not be able to be apart of the community and help in the government if given the opportunity. Another point Sewall brought up were the “temptations masters are under to connive at the fornication of their slaves,” meaning that the masters would have relations with their slaves and then have to pay for the child that may be born.
No matter the number of arguments Equiano and Sewall brought up, they were not able to convince the people that slavery should not be happening. The main reason for this, people wanted slaves. Many Americans wished to not pay people for labor and therefore make more money for themselves, even if it was at the expense of others. They did not really care whether or not they were going against the Bible, because they were making a profit and did not want to stop. They also did not want to end slavery because the Africans would stay in America, and they did not want Africans to have the opportunity or even the right to be at the same class as