Slavery Is An Important Chapter Of American History

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Slavery is an important chapter in American history, and its influence can be seen in the roots of our government and laws. Slavery is a prejudice based on race. It is also economic exploitation; the act of forcing other individuals to work for no pay. While slavery was ultimately abolished, restitution in the form of freedom was not compensation enough for the wrongs, nor could it remove the very ideal of slavery from our nation’s foundation. The effects of slavery continue to influence the political landscape in the United States. Today, although slavery speckles many facets of life, American citizens are once again enslaved to the government through taxation.
Slavery is the result of racial prejudice. We see evidence of this dating back as far as the 1670’s when we see the English in the colonies “connoting evil and inferiority to black people” (Moretta, 2013, p 47). Here, we see that slavery is easy to digest for the English because they viewed it in this light. The evidence of the support of racial prejudice is laced throughout our history; we see racial tendencies from leaders like Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, and landmark Supreme Court case decisions like the Dred Scott case where African Americans are denied citizenry. While we have the Declaration of Independence in 1776 declaring “all men are created equal,” America doesn’t begin to see that equality formally acknowledged until 1865 with the Thirteenth Amendment. Stefan Molyneux points out…
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