Essay about Slavery Into North America During The Nineteenth Century

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Slavery into North America started in the eighteenth century. Steven Mintz writes, “between 9.6 and 10.8 million Africans arrived in the Americas.” The death rate of slaves at that time was about ten to twenty percent. Only a few slaves during that period had the opportunity to learn to read and write. Slavery would later become a large problem in North America and lead to what we call the Civil War. One slave, in particular, Olaudah Equiano, describes his experiences in his narrative. Olaudah Equiano describes his life experiences as a slave in The Interesting Narrative of The Life of Olaudah Equiano.
Olaudah Equiano describes the conditions of the boat as miserable and dreadful. “The African interior was riddled with disease....,” Eye Witness to History confirms. Also in the article it describes the conditions of the boat as very poor and little to no space to move and breath. In most slave trade boats, slaves were penned in like livestock and little essentials provided for them. “This produced copious perspirations, so that the air soon became unfit for respiration, from a variety of loathsome smells, and brought sickness among the slaves....(pg. 172),” writes Equiano. Disease soon became very common among the ships and would kill at least ten percent of slaves on board. The crew members of the ships were protected from disease because they put the slaves under quarantine. Overall, the living conditions of the slaves were very poor and hardly hospitable.
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