Slavery During The Middle Of The 19th Century Essay

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The first African were brought in 1619 to aid in the production of crops like tobacco in the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia. “Slavery” spread throughout the American settlements when the Africans were unloaded off a Dutch ship (“History: Slavery”). The American settlements practiced “slavery” during the 17th and 18th centuries, and “slaves” helped form the economic fundamentals of the new nation (“History: Slavery”). During the middle of the 19th century, America’s westward development, along with a growing abolition movement in the North, would spur an excessive talk over “slavery” that would rip the country apart in the bloody American Civil War (“History: Slavery”). Although the Union victory freed the country’s 4 million “slaves”, the heritage of servitude continued to effect American history, from the unrestrained years of Reconstruction to the “civil rights movement” that began in the 1960s, a century after liberation (“History: Slavery”). In the 17th century, European colonists in North America rotated to African “slaves” as inexpensive, more abundant efforts than indentured servants (“History: Slavery”). Though it is impossible to give correct numbers, some have said that 6 to 7 million “slaves” were imported to the New World during the 18th century alone, divesting the African continent of the toughest and artistic men and women (“History: Slavery”). In the 17th and 18th centuries, black “slaves” worked largely on the tobacco, rice and indigo homesteads of…

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