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Slavery In The 1600's

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Marquis Rogers

Slavery is the condition in which one person is owned as property by another and is under the owner's control, especially in involuntary servitude (ushitory.org, 2005)Capitalism is the an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations, especially as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth (ushistory.org, 2005) Although slavery occurred during the 1600’s and it took hundreds of years for most slaves to be freed, its effects are still felt today. The stage for U.S. slavery was set as early as the 14th century, when the rich nations of Spain and Portugal began to capture
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During the war, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, “freeing” slaves in effected states that were still at war with the Union and allowed slavery to continue in Border States. This measure helped prevent European intervention on the side of the South and freed Union army and navy officers from returning escaped slaves to their owners, but not until after the Union had won the war and the descriptive passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution were all slaves in America became officially freed. Reconstruction were frustrating years for African Americans due to the “captive blackness”. Blacks were incarcerated for numerous reasons including; talking loud in the presence of a White women, and selling goods through the railroad. Almost a century later, the lingering racism and discrimination in America that began because and during the slavery era would lead to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s(Staff, 2002). This movement played a major part in the rebuilding of Black people and Black…show more content…
Defenders of slavery argue that the end of the slave economy would have had a profound and killing economic impact in the South where reliance on slave labor was the foundation of their economy. Defenders of slavery argued that if all the slaves were freed, there would be widespread unemployment and brutal retaliation. Pro slavery turned to the courts to rule that all Blacks not just slaves had no legal standing as people in a white court. They were seen as property, and the Constitution protected slave-holders' rights to their property. According to this argument, slavery was a good thing for the
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