The Unjustification Of Slavery In The 1600 And 1700's

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Throughout the years of the 1600 and 1700’s, Slavery affected many people either for the good or the bad. The debate regarding slavery being justified or unjustified has been an ongoing discussion. Those who believe slavery was justified believe this for mainly economic reasoning at the time. Savory flourished immensely for economic growth within the colonies. Slave labor was essential to the cultivation of tobacco, rice, indigo and sugar in the British West Indies and the southern and Chesapeake colonies. Without slavery the plantation in the southern colonies would decrease drastically causing the economy to downfall drastically. They relied on slaves for the stability of their economy. Defenders of slavery believe if slavery had ended …show more content…
Millions of innocent men, women and children were taken away from their families and kept in grim and unethical conditions. The Triangular Trade was a trading system in which slaves, crops, and manufactured goods were traded between Africa, the Caribbean, and the American colonies. The Triangle trade ripped the African victims from their home, leading to a loss of social inequality and political rights and freedoms throughout their voyage on the middle passage. Slaves were treated with a militaristic approach, their masters were incredibly violent towards them by beating them and yelling degrading and racist terms at them. The acts of slavery denied a whole race of citizens, taking away their basic political rights and freedoms which many American citizens took for granted and still take for granted to this day. The consequence of denying these rights to this race affects them as whole not only from the past but to this day. Politically, Africans still struggle to obtain the same basic rights and freedoms that Americans have easy access to. This is primarily because this specific race and culture has been overlooked for so many decades, that a stereotype and label has been created for them by our own …show more content…
The slave trade was the idea of buying and selling of human beings. The slave market was a huge economic factor in the south, “a good farm worker sold for $1,000 or more (about 28,000 today)”(175). Selling a slave was not only an economic aspect, many masters would auction off a slave if they tried to escape. They did this to spread fear to others if they tried to escape. This shows how harsh their conditions were that people were willing to try to escape and they knew the harsh consequences that come with it. Although this allowed their economy to flourish, the slaves present in this act lived in tough circumstances,“It is not lawful to put it into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.” Although the southern colonies heavily depended on these slaves for economic benefits, the nation, government and parliament should not have allowed these acts to be legal because of the millions of lives that were taken or effected. Slaves in slave labour were crammed aboard ships built for 400-500 people, but these ships exceed this capacity drastically. Slaves were crammed into these uncomfortable settings sometimes for up to nine to ten months without any mitigation or relief. These ships were known as the middle passage, The middle passage refers to an aspect of trade where Africans were closely packed onto ships

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