In the American South, slaves were humiliated and considered as vulgar workers by being owned and treated without humanity by the employer showed in their living conditions, different treatment based on gender and age and the forced breakup of families.
Before the Civil War, the American slave industry in the South was thriving with over 4 million enslaved. The slaves’ lives consisted of constant arduous labor and slaves lacked any sort of freedom. Slaves in America were continuously oppressed by the American people and were used as a source of profit. Many laws and legislation, including the Fugitive Slave Acts, were passed purposefully aimed to keep freed and current slaves at a disadvantage. Liberated slaves and some Northerners wanted to end slavery and created things like the Underground Railroad to help enslaved Americans escape and gain liberation. Even with the help of abolitionists, the conditions of the life of a slave prior to the Civil War was defiling and inhumane.
During the Pre Civil War Era (1840’s), slavery of African American people was already existed. Throughout the country the concept of slavery was widespread to every state, but primarily slavery was located in the South. They were enslaved on farms, large plantation, inside homes, out in the fields, industry, transportation. These people are considered as a property, they were forced to be slaves because they were black. These slaves were forced to be property using violence and threat. The most common threat is that the slaves will be separated from their family, murdered or even put into an auction. Slaves were often followed by the constant fear of being sold to other masters. Majority of slaves in South worked and lived in cotton plantation where it employs number of slaves, possible hundred. The master didn’t provide decent bedding and clothing, they usually sleep in a barn that was non resistance to bad weather condition and diseases. The slaves that worked in plantation are easily prone to sickness due to the blistering heat, unsanitary condition, insufficient nutrition, lack of rest since they were constantly forced to work even when they are
America’s south, slavery struggled through pain the slaves struggled with working in the fields they would get beat and not get treated equally.
Slavery was a dark time in America’s past. Not only did slavery separate millions of families, it destroyed the white man’s reputation to African people. Many slave owners treated their slaves well, many did not. They forced their slaves to live in deplorable conditions. Malnutrition and overworking often led to death. If you were a slave, would you risk it all and try to run away? You might not have a choice if you wanted to stay alive.
Slavery was a big part in the south during this Time the slave owners thought "slavery meant freedom and it was their right to have slaves" ( Foner 403 )Even though slavery was a debatable topic of that time in the South slavery was still considered normal the people wanted slaves to help them make more money cause people with slaves were seen to make more crops and had more money. Slaves were treated awfully they were put through many obstacles such as master beating them they had to separate from their family's and the woman were sometimes forced to have sex with the masters. They were seen as just a piece of property. The slaves felt hopeless they had no choices and they were stuck some tried running while others would endure the hardships of being a slave out of fear but some would also go through drastic measures such as killing their master to
As United States citizens take a jump back into reasonably recent history, it is guaranteed that one will find elements of slavery in the southern states. Slavery, something many people frown on in this day an age, looked a little different back some 150 years ago. This was a major part of the southern colonies’ government and wasn’t the sure cause of the American Civil War. Moreover, slavery is how their entire economy ran, with black people working on mega plantations, picking cotton, making clothing, and even watching children of young ages. The aspect of slavery wasn’t something that southerners looked upon with a disapproving eye; it was something that people needed to survive and make money off of. Slavery made their world go around,
Slaves had never been treated as humans they were always beaten for ridiculous things. The first hand account of John Andrew Jackson an ex-slave shows how bad slaves really had it in his book The Experience of a Slave in South Carolina:
Two societies, two regions, the north and the south had very different views on slavery and struggled to be on the same terms. Slavery was basically claiming human beings as property. Slavery was very crucial and accepted in the southern states. In the south, slavery was considered a necessity in order to maintain the agricultural economy of the entire region. The fertile soil and climate of the southern region made it ideal for large scale farms (plantations) and crops like tobacco and cotton. Slavery was a southerner’s way of life as economic growth stimulated from the ever-expanding system of staple crop production, notably cotton that depended on the labor of at most 4 million slaves. Slaveholders worked these African American slave’s days in and out on plantation farms growing crops mostly cotton that was also sold to the north! The southerners protested that slavery could not be eliminated without
Slavery in North America first began when the first African slaves arrived in the American colony of Jamestown in 1619. They were first used to aid in the production of the American “cash crop” tobacco. From that point, white land owners depended greatly on the work of slaves. This did not seem an issue at the time but as more people came over to the Americas and more people developed their own ideas of freedom, a silent war broke within the country. The first great schism, the first act of cold war, was the 3/5 Compromise in which it was decided that an African servant was only counted as 3/5 of a person and therefore did not have a strong presence within the government . This was implemented in 1787, long before talk of Civil War would begin. Fast forward three decades, another rift began to spread across America. The Missouri Compromise. At this point in time, slavery was a hot topic. More people spoke openly about their opinions on the topic and that was met with opposition. With the expansion of American territory, there was the decision of if slavery would be allowed or not in the new territories. Missouri was brought into the nation as a slave state while Maine entered as a free state. The compromise on this though, was that “no slave state shall enter into the Union above the 36 30’ line” . It was James Monroe to sign this bill into effect. In another three decades, the Compromise of 1850 would wipe out all evidence of the Missouri Compromise. 1850 had five major
Slaves in the south was about one- third od the southern population. Most of the slaves lived either on a small plantations or large farms. The slave owners make their slaves depend on them for everything like food, shealther, and others. Slaves where not allowed to learn how to read and write. The woman that where in slaver were tooking advantage off secual by their slave master. Slaves were allowed to get married and raise large familys eventhought the marriage had no legal basis. Nat Turner led one of the slave revolt, His group had about 75 blacks and they murdered about 60 white people in two days before they where stoped by the militia forces.
Slavery in America was a horrific time period that negatively affected African Americans, and still affect some to this day. Africans were kidnapped from their homes, brought overseas in an inhuman effort, tortured, beaten, and forced to work long grueling hours for no pay. Because of the color of their skin they were considered worthless, and they were also considered as property. Whites did not recognize African Americans as human beings, and
Slavery was one of the darkest periods in African American history. Africans were taken from their homes in West Africa and brought to America to work on plantations. However, slavery was not something new, as it existed in Africa before Europeans partook in it, but slavery in Africa was very different from slavery in America. During their voyage through the Middle Passage many slaves perished. Those who survived were sold and subjected to the harsh life on the plantations. When this happened, their authentic cultures were drastically changed from the way of life in their native homelands in Africa to life in the plantation society of the American colonies.
Life in slavery was no cool or good time It was a time were a mini hell was on earth there was African Americans being whipped and being ordered all over the united states because it kept going, thus began The Civil War a war between freedom and slavery enslaved PEOPLE FACED CONSTANT UNCERTAINTY AND DANGER. THEY HAD A PHRASE SAYING, “UNTIL DEATH OR SEPARATION DO US PART" *THEY HAVE A RELIGIOUS SONG CALLED "DIDN'T MY LORD