Historical Report On Race: The Journey To America

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Historical Report on Race By Sherie A Yerges January 28, 2014 Eth/125 Historical Report on Race I am going to share my research with you. I will be discussing how African-American Cultures in a White America, in this blog I will also be discussing how African-American’s arrived to America. I will discuss the beginning of discrimination against them. I hope that with this information, you can take the knowledge and realization of how their life began and had been thru the years. Hopefully we can avoid the same mistakes of discrimination in the future. The Journey to America began in the 1600’s when King James of England decided he wanted to have a colony in the New World. (Browne-Marshall,…show more content…
Slavery began very simple. In 1629, When the Pilgrims settled at Plymouth, for the most part, had servants. These servants where not slaves. The servants and the slaves were very similar in terms of working for the White families, the main difference is that the servants were released once they turned the age of 25. Once Slavery came to America, there were one out of every five Americans were Slaves. (Shaefer, 2012) There are five rules or conditions in which slavery generally followed, now mind you each slave owner had their own rules. Rule one was that slavery was for a life time, until later when things changed, once you were bought that was your way of life. There are only a couple of ways they could of come to be slaves. Originally they were transported here from Africa. After that they were either bought from the boat, or from other owners. They were also traded, the other way was born into the life of slavery. Slavery since they were considered property, without rights, are considered inheritance. There was coercion used to assert control to the system. Some of the slave laws were as followed, slave marriages were not legally accounted for, they could not hold any of their own property. Usually if you were sold you took whatever the previous owner would allow you to have. It was illegal, and grounds for serious punishment, to teach a slave how to read and write. Can anyone imagine how it felt…show more content…
They were born from a “White” person’s property so that person owned that new person. Around 1860, there was a small glimmer of hope. Harriet Tubman and other people of different racial backgrounds developed the Underground Railroad to help slaves escape from slavery up to the North and Canada. (Franklin and Higginbotham, 2011) Some slaves risked their lives to attempt to be free by the Underground Railroad. Then, a glorious thing happened on January 1, 1863! President Abraham Lincoln set forth the Emancipation Proclamation in the midst of the Civil War. This course of action did not end slavery by any means, but it did allow for the African Americans into the Army and Navy, to help fight for their freedom. By the end of the Civil War there were an estimated 200,000 Black men in these particular branches of the armed forces. (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) This was a major step in the right direction for the African
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