1960's, 1970's 1980's Essay

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Slavery has been in existence since the beginning of humanity. Slavery was occurring in America before America became a nation and continued for several years after it become a sovereign nation.It all started with the first settlers in America (In Europe's eyes.)White men found different people in different places.What people say today is not true White men didnt just snatch black people out of thier houses and took them as thier slaves.Many blacks were sold or traded by thier own people. Blacks were not chosen to be slaves in the way that we choose, say, a dress or furniture. Historically, people became slaves because their village or city was conquered--it was part of the loot. In the U.S., during the early years, indentured servants and others put in time in order to pay for their passage over or for other debts they left behind. Later, when the market for slave labor in the fields of the U.S. south became lucrative, the slaves came from Africa. These were conquered peoples as before, or they were sold by their people for one reason or another. In December 1, 1955;They were free in the Union (the north), but not in the Confederacy (the south), as they became seperate.After kidnapping potential slaves, merchants forced them to walk in slave caravans to the European coastal forts, sometimes as far as 1,000 miles. Shackled and underfed, only half the people survived these death marches. Those too sick or weary to keep up were often killed or left to die. Those who reached the coastal forts were put into underground dungeons where they would stay, sometimes for as long as a year until they were boarded on ships. Just as horrifying as these death marches was the Middle Passage, as it was called -- the transport of slaves across the Atlantic. On the first leg of their trip, slave traders delivered goods from European ports to West African ones. On the "middle" leg,

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