African Americans

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A slave is an individual entirely subjected to his or her owners' will. Slaves were treated like merchandise. They could be purchased and sold, traded for other items, lent out to, or mortgaged like a form of domestic animal. Slavery differentiates from many types of mistreatment ranging from serfdom, manual labor, or the ranking of women in patriarchal society. In past history the conventional definition of slavery was legal and stated that “slaves were peoples' property and could be bought, sold, traded, leased, or mortgaged like a form of livestock (Gilder Lehrman, 2009).” Because slaves are under the private control and care of their owner they were often exposed to sexual abuse and cruel unusual punishment. In many cultures,…show more content…
Those slaves, who were fortunate to work in their master's home, worked as servants and did jobs such as laundry, making dinner, cleaning or look after the children. These slaves did work long hours but enjoyed a nice roof over their head, clean clothes, no physical labor and enjoyed a nice meal. “Other slaves who worked on plantations became trained craft workers like bricklayers, blacksmiths, carpenters, or cabinetmakers (Alto Arizona, 2000).” “Besides working on plantations, some slaves worked in factories while others became construction workers on canals, railroads, dockworkers, office workers, riverboat pilots, and lumberjacks (Alto Arizona, 2000).” An education was never in the foreshowing for many African’s in this century. Whites never gave them the opportunity or privilege to learn fundamental basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Many whites feared that if blacks became educated, the power and control factors would be reversed and the challenge of white supremacy may no longer exist (The Civil Rights Movement, 2004). Also, with an education, slaves would not be content with jobs such as working in the fields or in domestic service and slavery may be abolished. When public schools became an innovation, most black were ecstatic to finally gain common knowledge and have any free education at all. In addition, they enjoyed attending schools of their own, not intervened with white obstruction, in which black children
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