Theu.s. B. Du Bois

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Slave owners and traders have had an important part in history, but many people have not considered the parts they play and how different they may be. The most obvious similarity between the two is their eyes for profit. The slave business ensued because it became a practical and profitable business in the 1600-1800’s. The men that entered this business did it for profit. Despite this similarity, there remained a number of things that the two did not share, status being one. Another being that they had a completely different need of the slaves they dealt with. The final difference is that the slave owners paid for their slaves and the slave traders took the slaves and sold them to the owners. There are a few people that discuss the differences and similarities between traders and owners: Howard Zinn is the main person that discusses this topic in his work A People’s History of the United States, but W.E.B. Du Bois also discusses it in his work, A Black Reconstruction. The owners and traders happened to be similar when it came to profit, but differed in class, occupation, and how they treated the slaves. Slave traders and owners share a major goal, profit. Slave owners intend to gain this profit from working their slaves. Researcher Howard Zinn shows this by stating, “Slavery was immensely profitable to some master. James Madison told a British visitor shortly after the American Revolution that he could make $257 on every Negro in a year and only $12 or $13 on his…

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