slavery a Wond in History

Slavery A Wound In History How can slavery be described? Maybe, not by many or not at all by those who have experienced it. Frederick Douglas offers one of the biggest insights into how slave life was. Slavery in America goes back to the start of the African Slave Trade (Class Notes). When the first ship came ashore Africans were amazed and had no idea or understanding of what was going to happen to them. Most of them had never seen white skin before, and the strange boats would journey them across the Atlantic. What is to be called the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade had started up. The voyage to America lasted eight, ten, twelve weeks. Hundreds would go and only a few survived the trip. People would die from starvation, disease; the survivors also ate them. Gottlieb Mittegeger a musician wrote,” A woman about to give birth and unable to deliver under circumstances, was pushed through one of the portholes into the sea.” (Zinn 43) The slave system destroyed the family structure. Mothers and fathers would see their children sold off. They went through the worst dehumanizing process. Blacks would work all day from sunrise to sunset. John Little, a former slave, wrote: They say slaves are happy, because they laugh, and are marry. I myself and three or four others, have received tow hundred lashes in the day, and had our feet in fetters; yet, at night, we would sing and dance, and make others laugh at the rattling of our chains. Happy men we must have been! We did it to keep down trouble, and to keep our hearts from being completely broken.(Zinn 168) Slaves had no rights and laws were being passed on them. This was done to keep them from revolting against their masters. (Class discussion) The Southern blacks didnt have many rights. They lived separated from one another. They either were kidnapped or sold off by there own race and sometimes traded in for tobacco and sugar. For the South it was vital to have slaves for the ec…

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