Ancient History and Slavery

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Slavery is a condition defined as one human being owning another human. Ancient history shows the Greeks, Romans and Mayans accepted slavery. Later continental Europeans became involved in slavery, importing slaves from Africa to the New World. During this time over eleven million African slaves were taken from their homeland as part of the transatlantic slave trade. Eventually the American Civil War led to slaves freedom due to the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Nearly a century passed before slavery became undeniably eradicated due to the mistreatment and displacement of newly freed slaves even though it legally ended on 6 December 1865.
Sharecropping and the Jim Crow laws
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In most cases the only thing, which, the sharecropper brought to the table was labor. There was never any room for advancement because of the vicious cycle of modern slavery. With the horrible conditions endure by black freemen and poor whites, the blacks suffered further with Jim Crow laws.
The Jim Crow laws limited blacks within the society. T. McCants Stewart, a black journalist wrote “I can ride in first-class cars on the railroads and in the streets. I can stop in and drink a glass of soda and be more politely waited upon than in some parts of New England” (A Brief History). Mr. McCants asked the question if the freemen liberties would remain after the 1868 Amendment XIV granted all black men the full citizenship and promised equal protection under the law. The first ten years after the law passed, he felt that the nation was headed in the right direction. After the federal troops withdrew from the southern states the next twenty years were a period where blacks lost almost everything which they had gained.
Jim Crow was a term that no black person wanted to hear. Although the north of the country was more progressive than the south, the Jim Crow laws were in place prior to the American Civil War. The laws in place were to show white supremacy and that blacks or any man of color were not worthy to be at the same establishments or sit in their presence. During the depressions of the 1890s racism appealed to whites for fear of losing their jobs.

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