African Slavery In America

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Worthless pieces of flesh; being owned and being property; being abused; no freedom or personal rights, these all characterize one thing: a slave. Slavery in America lasted for an extremely long period of time from the 16th century all until 1863. It started just after the Europeans were settled. No one in our time today could truly understand what it is like to be a slave. So as Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mocking Bird” would say, “let’s try to climb into one’s skin and walk around in it”. Approximately half a million Africans were brought over from Africa during the slave trade. Due to the law saying that the offspring of a slave was automatically considered the same, the slave population in the U.S grew rapidly to 4 million by 1860. Indian slavery was practiced as well in the 17th century, but mostly were slaves from Africa. Slaves were needed by many reasons to serve rich and higher class…show more content…
During the Slave Trade, many slaves came from different slave ports: Eastern Africa, Guinea Coast, Southern Africa, Western Sudan, and Central Sudan. The Middle Passage was used to describe slave trade from Africa to America. Approximately 10 million slaves came to America between 1603 and 1863. Some people also call it the Triangular Trade, because the ships traveled on ways that formed a shape of a triangle. The trips from these different countries to America were tremendously awful. Many people died of diseases and were thrown overboard. The people on the ships were packed like animals and had to watch each other suffer and die. They decided to either kill themselves or fight because they didn’t know where they were headed or going. Little food was given to them during the trip but before they reached the U.S., they were given extra food so that they would look better and healthier so the owners earn more money at the slave

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