Blacks of Essay

945 WordsMay 30, 20154 Pages
This author will be giving his perspective of African Americans as a news reporter writing a newspaper article or blog entry. The history of blacks in America is one of a continuing struggle to overcome and surpass all expectations in order that all the world will some day recognize that the United States of America will truly “rise or fall as one nation, as one people”. The enslavement of Africans began in the Americas in the early 1500s, with slaves arriving on Caribbean shores in the hands of Portuguese and Spanish slave traders. However, slaves did not come to North America until 1619, when a Dutch ship carrying 20 African slaves from the Caribbean landed in Jamestown, Virginia (Ciment 2001). The African population in the colony remained quite small for the next 50 years as the laws and regulations regarding slavery were put into place. But by 1700, the population of enslaved Africans in Virginia had ballooned to about 20,000. From the beginning of North American slavery in 1619 to the start of the Civil War in 1861, approximately 250,000 African slaves were imported into British North America. However, the overall African-American population of the colonies stood at more than 500,000 by the eve of the American Revolution, as the black population thrived, at least demographically. By 1860, the question of slavery had deeply divided the still new United States, and it seemed that further compromise between the slave-holding powers in the southern states and the abolitionist leaders of the northern states would be impossible. A series of political arguments over the place of slavery in newly acquired territories and states had prompted several southern states to secede from the Union and form their own confederacy. On April 14, 1861, a barrage of artillery from the newly seceded Confederate forces against Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina,

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