Essay about Slavery And The Middle Passage

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Roots
In the history of the united states nothing has brought more shame to America than the cold years of chattel slavery. Slavery can be defined as an inhumane action done to an individual or group of people that causes either physical or mental harm. The movie “Roots”, tells about the life of an enslaved African male named Kunta Kinte or Toby. Kunta was born in 1750 and he was 17 when he was captured and Brought to America as a slave on a ship called Lord Ligonier. During this time, the Middle Passage was preposterous there were 10.7 million slaves that survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America (Gates Jr.). The Middle Passage was the portion of the atlantic slave trade where Africans would be leaving from their homeland and going to the new world, which was the Americas. During The middle passage ships were made to carry ‘cargo’ which were the slaves. The slaves were from different countries and different ethnic groups. This would lead to many slaves trying to commit suicide, but slaves were punished if they tried to escape or kill themselves and where caught. Once arriving to the Americas slaves such as Kunta were sold to work on different plantations. During this time the population began to constantly increase due to the opportunities in North America therefore the need for slaves began to increase. They spoke different languages. Many had never seen the sea before and they had no knowledge of where they were going or what awaited them…

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