Essay on Slavery : The United States Of America

887 Words Oct 31st, 2016 4 Pages
From Slavery to Citizen: Slavery in the USA
The United States of America; a land known for its diverse culture, dedication to rise above mediocrity, and ability to revolutionize the world. America has become "The city upon a hill" for many foreigners. It has been identified as an emblem for greatness and success. The States ' success has been accounted to presidents, voyagers, and even philosophers—but what about the slaves? The foundation of America was not built by the hands of the forefathers. Dare it be said, the expansion and colonization of America would not have been possible without African American slaves. The establishment of African American slaves in the eighteenth and nineteenth century not only shaped/defined the enhancement of America 's colonization and civilization, but it defined the way African Americans are identified today in certain parts of America; prejudicially, inferiorly, and objectively.
Through the hands of slaves came about the construction of railroads and locomotives and the production of cotton and tobacco. The hand which slaves had in America 's expansion is often times overlooked. It could be argued that their disregard is due to the dreadful manner and conditions in which they were treated. Slaves were not seen as servants but less than servants. Some could even go as far as to say that they were seen in the equivalence of animals. "We were all ranked together at the valuation. Men and women, old and young, married and single, were…

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