Essay about The Slavery Of The United States

1491 Words Sep 20th, 2016 6 Pages
The role of slavery in the United States was a very important issue up to about 1865 when the 13th amendment was passed, which says that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”(Amend 13) The origins of slavery in the colonial United States are very complex. They needed the slaves for labor, especially plantation agricultural labor. In a later time, around the writing of the Constitution, there were still more than 500,000 black American slaves. Slavery was around for roughly 364 years. From 1501 to 1865, thousands and thousands of African American slaves were beaten and forced to work hard labor under very drastic conditions. While most of the men were the ones outside doing the hard physical labor, many women were raped and forced to do other awful things. These slaves were mostly imported to the Thirteen Colonies from the Caribbean, and not directly from Africa which is what most people think. They arrived in the Caribbean as a result of the Atlantic slave trade, which took place across the Atlantic Ocean from the 1400s through the 1800s. In 1607, Jamestown was established and it took the name of the very first permanent colony on the North American continent. After the colony was established, tobacco became the main crop and because the crop was so successful, they needed more labor which is where the…

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