Essay on Slavery During The 19th Century

1057 Words Nov 28th, 2016 5 Pages
When the North American continent was first colonized by Europeans in the 1600s, the land was vast, the work was harsh, and there was a severe shortage of labor. These early settlers needed men and women to work the land. White bond servants, paying their passage across the ocean from Europe through indentured labor, helped a little but it did not solve the problem. Early in the seventeenth century, a Dutch ship loaded with African slaves introduced a “solution”, and a new problem, to the this “New World” that they found. To them, at this time, slaves were most economical choice on large farms where labor-intensive cash crops, such as tobacco, could be grown. This resulted in a huge boom in the need for slaves here in the American continent and so began a new time in early American history. Being a slave was not easy! It was hard, intense, and ugly work but their owners it was a business and someone had to do it. Throughout the history of slaves in America many different events took place from slaves revolting/resisting in small or huge ways, to slaves trying run away and even trying to burn down all of New York City several times. This is what made me thing about slaves during the Civil War. To me this was the first time that slaves had the chance to fight in what they believe in and that was the thought of freedom, for them and their families. But first we need to understand why the Civil War even happened in the first place.
The Civil War was fought between 1861 and…

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