The Making Of A Nation

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The Making of a Nation

The history of the United States could nearly not be written without the affirmation and recognition of the practice of slavery on American soil. Made to remain docile and obedient, the physical and psychological turmoil inflicted on imported humans seen merely as property has shaped and molded the very foundation this great nation stands upon. The life of a slave seemed to be that of a meager, inhumane being. They were worked until their muscles ached, beat until their skin fell off and humiliated until the looks of their neighbors appeared adamant. The bonding of families with husbands, wives and children alike, presented their notion of love to be inevitable. Though slaves were bound by slavery and their life was
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After they were marched often hundreds of miles, it was time for them to be shipped off to sea, so that they could be sold as cheap labor to help harvest the new world. But before they were shipped off, they had to pass through a slave-trading station. The slave trade, which was first controlled by Portugal, was now controlled by other European nations. In the late 1600’s, Spain, Holland, England, France and Denmark were all sending ships to West Africa. The slave trade was becoming big business (Goodman, 7). Selection of the slaves by the traders was a painstaking process. Ships from England would pull up on the coast of Africa, and the captains would set off towards the coast on small ships. At a time when America was gearing up for an economic change, there was no enough labor to pump into the economy. This saw the immigration of Africans who would work in the cotton and tobacco farms. The practice was further solidified with the invention of the cotton gin in the year 1973. Some times in the 19th century, the westward expansion of America together with the increasing abolition movement that existed in the North provoked huge debates over the subject of slavery and was almost tearing the American nation apart in the Civil War that was experienced between 1861 and 1865. The Union victory was able to free four million slaves in America.

All the same, the slavery legacy continued to eat into the fabric that held the
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