The History Of Slavery During The Age Of Imperialism

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Although some researchers of history have argued that slavery is dead after the Age of Imperialism and World War 1, closer examination shows that slavery is still very common today around the world. Slavery had been going on for hundreds of years; history.com confirms this: “Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, to aid in the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco.” During this crazy time period, the Age of Imperialism, slave trading was very popular. Traders would ambush villages of the natives and capture them. According to enclyopedia.org, “The Portuguese African trade evolved from raids along the African coast that began in 1441 to more peaceful …show more content…
This vicious act made thousands of people lose their freedom, or worse, their lives. During the Age of Imperialism, slavery was happening everywhere; even the United States. However, after this time period slavery was abolished so during World Wars 1 and 2 there were no labor slaves in North America. Unfortunately, slavery was still prominent in the rest of the world during the 1st and 2nd World War. Although it was the act of forced labor seemed to have died down during WW1, it gained popularity again in Asia and with German Nazis in WW2. Jewish people were forced to do extremely laborious jobs like farming, building and factory work for long periods of time with little food or rest. The Jewish Virtual Library, “In the German Reich after January 30, 1933, at first prisoners of the early concentration camps were recruited to forced labor, for instance, politically persecuted Social Democrats or Communists.” In Japan, brothels were established and women were forced to be there for the soldiers. Although slavery seems to have been abolished, it is still going on around the world but in different ways. Slaves are reeled in by wealthy people because they need money. They are …show more content…
Slave traders not only captured strong men in Africa, but also women as well. Women made clothes, harvest crops and did countless jobs inside the house. Unfortunately, just like women in future time periods, they were physically, verbally and sexually abused. Not only were women expected to do domestic care like the slaves during the Age of Imperialism, once the men went off to war they were forced to also take on the responsibilities of the man. Those weren’t even the unlucky ones; some were forced into prostitution or marriage to men they did not even know. Then, they were considered slaves to the men that married them. Similar to the past, more and more women are forced into slavery. A fact written on endslaverynow.org states, “Victims of domestic servitude may appear to be nannies or other domestic help, but the moment their employment arrangement transitions into a situation whereby they cannot leave on their own free will, it becomes a case of enslavement.” Women immigrants now work laborious jobs in agriculture and factories for no pay due to things like forced marriage, bonded slavery, prostitution and human

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