Essay on History of Slavery in America

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Slavery in the United States
Slavery in general term consist in the state of a person being a property of another person. It has appeared for thousands of years. From the old Roman emperor to nineteenth century. Regardless, it increased by the development of societies to make profit by cheap human labor. Slavery appeared in the United States in late of seventeen centuries as a result of the trade market. These slaves came from Africa to work in large plantations for free labor in America. Historians believe that the first ship of slaves to arrive in America was Dutch to the Virginia colony of Jamestown in 1619 with around 20 slaves. They were used slaves to work in the tobacco, sugar, rice, cotton, and coffee plantations. But slavery
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Inadequate nutrition, poor water quality and depletion of both the journey and the work weakened the newly arrived slaves and produced casualties. Many of the slaves were new to cotton fields and unaccustomed to the "sunrise-to-sunset labor" required by their new life. They were driven much harder than when they were involved in growing tobacco or wheat.
On the other hand, most slaves change its religion in order to escape slavery. “African American slaves converted to Christianity to obtain the salvation of their souls based on the Christian’s idea of a future reward in heaven or punishment in hell, which did not exist in their primary religion. The religious principles inherited from Africa sought purely physical salvation and excluded the salvation of the soul. However, they did believe in one supreme God, which made it easier for them to assimilate Christianity.
The obligation of slaves to work without any human rights has led to various forms of rebellion in parts of slaves to their owners. In some cases the separation of family members sold to another plantation caused the runaway owners of plantations in containing the revolt of the slaves. Many slaves resisted by working slower, escaping, and occasionally fighting or killing their owners. Slaves did try to resist in many ways, but it was not

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