Slavery and Abolition Essay

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The term slave is defined as a person held in servitude as the chattel of another, or one that is completely passive to a dominating influence. The most well known cases of slavery occurred during the settling of the United States of America. From 1619 until July 1st 1928 slavery was allowed within our country. Slavery abolitionists attempted to end slavery, which at some point; they were successful at doing so. This paper will take the reader a lot of different directions, it will look at slavery in a legal aspect along the lines of the constitution and the thirteenth amendment, and it will also discuss how abolitionists tried to end slavery. This paper will also discuss how slaves were being taken away from their families and how their …show more content…
The stories always started out with them being with their families and then they got split up because they were sold into slavery. By the late 1850s, many abolitionists attacked slavery because it enforced dependence upon slaves, not for the poor conditions the slaves lived in. Security was the most important consideration of slave ownership because slaves represented a highly valuable but risky asset. Maintaining extended families with young children and elders suppressed the likelihood of runaways. Breaking up families, in contrast, encouraged runaways (Thornton, Yanochik, and Ewing, 2009). Thornton, Yanochik, and Ewing mentioned that the desire to minimize security costs and the losses resulting from runaways gave owners an incentive to encourage strong family ties and to avoid breaking up the family units under their ownership and control. A strong family unit not facing the threat of family members are sold would be more content and less likely to run away (Thornton, Yanochik, and Ewing, 2009).
According to the three writers above, slaves who were sold away from their families exhibited a pronounced propensity to run away from their new owners. Finding themselves on a new plantation with no friends and relatives, they naturally thought about running away to reunite themselves with their friends and family (Thornton,