The Lived Experience Of Human Commodification. The Shape

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The Lived Experience of Human Commodification The shape of the United States now, wouldn’t have been possible without the blood, sweat and tears of many of its people in the early years of the United States. In this essay, it will be discussed how African slaves were turned into commodities after the American Revolution and around the time of the Civil War. The essay will also cover what the daily life was like for an African slave and what their tasks were from day to day. Lastly the essay will cover how slavery was a deciding role in the early development of the American economic system and what factors contributed to it. In the early United States, slavery was a commonly accepted view since most slaves were servants and did household…show more content…
Also in his original draft of the Declaration of Independence he wrote that “The King of Britain has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere….and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them.” (Boyd) Many of the other Founders were slave owners, and as such, wanted this portion removed because making slaves free would have a large decline in the economic stability of the new country. In 1807, the United States banned the transportation of slaves from Africa into the United States for the act of selling into slavery. Also, in 1807, a major shift in cotton processing technology was released, the cotton gin. This machine allowed the separation of cotton and seed to be much more efficient and less labor intensive, allowing for a larger potential for profits on plantations. Plantation owners still needed labor for the planting and picking of cotton and as such, wanted to expand their plantations to increase their profits. Unfortunately for the plantation owners, since the importation of African slaves was banned, their current slaves were increasingly
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