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  • African Americans From The Institution Of Slavery
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    Many questions can come up when the word reparations is brought up. Why should American taxpayers who never owned slaves pay for the sins of ancestors they don't even know? And what about those whose ancestors arrived here long after slavery ended? And how would the economy be affected? How do you put a price tag on 2 1/2 centuries of legalized inhumanity? In what form would reparations be paid? How would you establish who's a descendant? It all still comes down to one basic question, Should the...
  • Twenty African Slaves
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    Slavery Fight for Freedom During the course of the slave trade millions of Africans became involuntary immigrants to the New World. Some African captives resisted enslavement by fleeing from slave forts on the coast of West African. Others mutinied on board slave trading vessels, or cast themselves into the ocean, rather facing death than enslavement. In the New World there were those who ran away from their owners, ran away among the Indians, formed maroon societies, revolted, feigned sickness,...
  • Enfeeble African Slaves
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    Amistad Throughout the study of world history, the ideology of 'divide and conquer'; is studied and glorified as the most effective strategy for colonialism. The institution of slavery and the transporting of Africans across the ocean to serve as slaves in the 'New World'; depict the most blatant use of coerced division in the Europeans efforts to completely enfeeble African slaves. The middle passage portrays the Europeans efforts to divide African cultures by separating the slaves so that they...
  • African Cultural Traditions
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    Continuing Tradition, The Struggle For African Culture In America African-Americans as they are now known as, were originally pulled from their homelands, disconnecting them from all that they once knew. One way to remember their ancestors and the ways that they were brought up was to keep their culture alive in this new land. It freed them from the daily torture from their masters, healed them from their ailments, as well as entertained themselves and the white families. African-Americans kept ...
  • Type Of Music Distinct To African Slaves
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    The Black slaves of colonial America brought their own culture from Africa to the new land. Despite their persecution, the 'slave culture' has contributed greatly to the development of America's own music, dance, art, and clothing. Music It is understandable that when Africans were torn from their homes and families, lashed into submission, and forced into lifelong slave labor, they would be, on the most part, resentful and angry. Various forms of expression, clandestine yet lucent, developed ou...
  • Sentiment Of White Slave Owners
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    The institution of slavery is a black mark on the record of Americans. Marking a time of hate and racism, an oppression spurred by fear that would plague our nation for decades upon decades. An Act for the Better Order and Government of Negroes and Slaves, and Conflicts between Masters and Slaves: Maryland in the Mid-Seventeenth Century, illustrate the dismay and panic European Colonials endured as they enslaved Africans. This dismay and panic generated laws to be established that further widene...
  • More Africans The Slave Traders
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    The Slave Trade Slavery is the holding of a human being as property. This practice is thousands of years old. The Egyptians used slaves to build their pyramids two thousand years ago. The practice of capturing Blacks from Africa, to use as slaves began with the Portuguese, who introduced African slaves to Europe in the 16th century. European countries, such as Spain and England, introduced slavery to their colonies in the New World. Many explorers had African slaves on their voyages. In 1637 the...
  • Resistance Slaves
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    May 2, 2002 Resistance to Slavery and Race Oppression Slavery in the early eighteenth century was horrible for African Americans. Men were being killed, women were being raped and children were being sold. To avoid the unjust treatment of slavery, slaves did the unthinkable. Some ran away, others killed their masters, and women even killed their own children. What were they trying to accomplish by this? Resistance. In the modern reinterpretation of slavery, considerable attention has been devote...
  • Atlantic Slave Trade
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    The slave trade had high social costs. Throughout West Africa, the slave trade fostered warfare, skewed local economies, expanded servitude within the region, and distorted class and political structures. It slowed population growth and spread disease. The slave trade enhanced the power, prestige, and wealth of particular West African rulers, merchants, and states. It also contributed to economic stagnation and long-term political instability. The introduction of European guns reinforced politic...
  • Slave's Masters
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    Slavery in the eighteenth century was worst for African Americans. Observers of slaves suggested that slave characteristics like: clumsiness, untidiness, littleness, destructiveness, and inability to learn the white people were "better". Despite white society's belief that slaves were nothing more than laborers when in fact they were a part of an elaborate and well defined social structure that gave them identity and sustained them in their silent protest. In their quarters, slaves expressed the...
  • Richest Slave Colonies And Wealthy Plantation Owners
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    As slavery continued and grew, complicated systems of social status developed on plantations. The lowest ranking slaves, the backbone of the plantation economy, were the field slaves. The field slaves were divided into 'gangs' according to their physical strength and ability, with the strongest and fittest males and females in the first gang. The highest ranking slaves were the domestic servants who worked in the owner's house. The difference in status between field and domestic slaves caused a ...
  • Indian And African Indian Slaves
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    Although slavery spread in the Americas for more than 300 years, it was not without occurrence and cost. As was true of the preceding 100 years, slavery did not increase without resistance. Neither Indians nor Africans willingly accepted such state of matters, and throughout slavery's continuation, there was a significant number of attacks, revolts, and rebellions that caused huge anxiety and widespread fear among American and Caribbean slave holders. Several of the most famous Indian and slave ...
  • Africans Case
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    In the beginning of the movie Amistad, slave hunters abducted a large group of Africans from Sierra Leone in Africa and shipped them to Cuba to be traded. The Africans were purchased by Spanish men and put aboard a ship called Amistad. This abduction and trade violated treaties that then existed, because you could not be bought or sold as a slave unless you were a natural-born slave, which they were not. During the journey overseas, the Africans seized the ship, killed the head crewmembers, and ...
  • Slaves In Other African Tribal Societies
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    Reynolds, Edward., Stand the Storm: A History of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Longman. 1985. My Responses from Reading Stand the Storm With my sallow understanding of slavery, I imagined slavery only happening in the New World, where they obtained a better treatment than the book recorded; at least, slaves would have enough nutritious food on their trip to North and South America. After reading this book, Stand the Storm, the pains of African slaves conjured up on my mind, and I thought their suffe...
  • Plantation Slaves In Haitian Maroon Colonies
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    The European colonies in the Americas were built upon the backs of the African slaves whose unpaid labor produced immense capital for Atlantic economies. Taken from their African homelands and thrust into the Americas, Black slaves labored under the hot Western sun to produce cash crops to add to the coffers of others. The slaves had no economic incentive to produce for their masters. To provide the necessary motivation, the slave masters relied above all on violence to coerce their slaves into ...
  • Slave Traders On The Ship
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    Slavery During the 1500's the slave trade was popular all over the world. Many of the negative effects fell upon the Africans who have to suffer through immense mistreatment many Africans were forced to experience the life of being a slave and having to face the torture of brutal beating everyday. In the movie Amistad, one could see how cruel and humane the Europeans were and how horribly they treated the slaves. The Africans were forced to leave their own country and life to came to an unknown ...
  • Used Africans As Slaves And Whites
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    What is the relationship between black slavery and white freedom? The affiliation between black slaves and white freedom is that in the 1600's white men used Africans as slaves, and whites were free to do with them as they pleased. From the origination, slavery was a contentious topic. Slavery was the most important thing that triangle trade produced. The issue of slavery continually caused tensions between the northern and southern colonies / states until finally there was war. Slavery was a sy...
  • Form Of Behavior Control For The Slaves
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    Review on John Blassingame's The Slave Community In John Blassingame's The Slave Community, he shows the life of a slave from the inside working its way out, instead of vice versa. He has a unique way of portraying the life of a slave living from the 1600's to 1800's. He focuses on different aspects of the slave's life and things that influenced the way their life was lived. One of the most important topics discussed in his book was the content of Chapter 2, The Americanization of the Slave and ...
  • New African Slaves
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    Through the voice of a Dutch observer, the African slave market is described in high esteem. The Dutchman depicts the slave ships as providing a higher quality of life from what the slaves knew prior to their imprisonment. However, this man's portrayal of the slave trade is far from the truth. Although the slave market in North America is most commonly remembered of all slave markets, traffic in slaves had existed for centuries before the arrival of the first European fleets along the African sh...
  • African Experience In Colonial Mexico
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    A Review Of Colin Palmer's Slaves OfA Review Of Colin Palmer's Slaves Of The White God Colin A. Palmer. Slaves of the White God: Blacks in Mexico, 1570-1650. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1976. In the introduction to Slaves of the White God, Colin A. Palmer noted that his research on blacks in colonial Mexico was inspired by the protests of the Black Consciousness movement of the late 1960's, which demanded the inclusion of the black experience in academic work, and in this case, in Latin...

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