Do The American Population Know so Much About Slavery?

1049 Words Jul 16th, 2018 5 Pages
The majority of the diverse American population knows a little something about the topic, slavery. Whether they’ve learned about it from a chapter of a textbook or an educational film from their history class, or have heard stories of their ancestors passed down from generation to generation, we all have an idea of what slavery is. However, we do not know the basics. For example, when did slavery come into play? How did this manner of treating “uncivilized” people like property become accepted, and what made it suddenly turn into a looked down upon doing?
Slavery can be traced back to the original written records 11,000 years ago during the Neolithic Revolution. It grew through Europe’s Classic era, middle ages, and the modern era,
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Judge Judson could have ruled in their favor if it wasn’t for another pair of sailors, Gedney, and his first mate, Lieutenant Meade whom wanted a reward, for first spotting them off the coast. As a result, Judson decides to refer this incident to the U.S. Circuit Court in Hartford in front of a grand jury; in the mean time the Africans were booked into the New Haven jail. This inquiry over which the enslaved Africans belongs to introduces the Anglo-American and Latin American perspectives advocating the benefits of slavery. However, it also represents the beginning of how the Anglo-American point of view steers away from the benefits of slavery and strives to focus on freedom and human rights.

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