African American Slavery Essay

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Slavery is an issue that many people find to be a disgrace now but it played a major part in how our Country was developed. Slaves were used because there were not enough willing laborers in America to keep up with agriculture production. Europeans first used the Guanche, from North Africa, in the Canary Islands as slaves. They felt it was justified because the Pope said they were “infidels and savages”. (Keene 21) After diseases wiped out many of the Guanche people, Europe decided to look to Africa for more laborers. These practices developed in the Canaries would follow the Europeans to the Americas.
Christopher Columbus reached the Caribbean Islands by mistake and was convinced he had arrived in India. He believed the native “Indians”
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It was a forced mass migration of Africans to the New World. The Europeans would bring thousands of Africans on one trip to the Americas. The slaves would be crowded on the ship usually shackled together and laying in each other’s urine, feces and blood. A significant percent of African slaves died before arriving to the Americas.
The third and final part of the trip was taking raw materials they received from the Americas, back to Europe. The materials and commodities being produced were in high demand in Europe and the production that the Americas could produce could not keep up with what the demand from the Europeans. At the time, slavery seemed like the only option in order to keep up the production necessary to keep trading a profitable
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Some blacks rejected work on the cotton plantations, as it was associated with slavery and planted crops of their own choosing, such as sweet potatoes and corn. (Keene 406) In some places they were forced to stay on their plantations for 1 year but many argued that making them stay was still not giving them the freedom they deserved. Freedman used newspapers to try to reconnect with loved ones they had been separated from during slavery. Freedmen still fought for equality even after slavery

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