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Does slavery still affects African Americans today.

Cornell Duckworth: Intro to Sociology presentation

Cornell Duckworth

on 16 November 2012

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Transcript of Does slavery still affects African Americans today.

Foundation This lead to revolts which turned into a civil war and eventually freed slaves due to the 13th Amendment. In Addition, they were made United States citizens Slave: a person who is treated like property who can be bought, sold, and forced to do labor How Slavery Affects African Americans Today By: Cornell Duckworth African Americans today have came a long way from the institution of slavery. Individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Booker T. Washington have paved the way for African Americans to obtain the same equal rights as White Americans. However, slavery profoundly affects the morals of African Americans as well their values, the way they talk, eat, mentalities, and overall the African American culture. These aspects can solely be traced back to the institution of slavery. White Americans first used Native Americans as slaves until they died in significant numbers due to European diseases Slavery was the backbone of the southern economy White Americans realized that Africans where more prone to these European diseases; therefore, they brought them to the Americas They lived in harsh conditions and were often beaten, raped, and killed The lifestyles and mentalities of the formal slaves were passed down from generation to generation As delicious as African American Cuisine is such as deep fried chicken, cornbread and chitlings is, it causes many health issues within the African American Community In addition, these foods can be traced back to the times of slavery How slavery effects food and Health issues within the African American Community The food of a slave was usually rationalized Their diet consisted of foods that were unhealthy.In some circumstances, they were given leftovers from the meals of the slave owners Slaves will often steal local cattle such as pigs and chicken as a survival method in order to advoid starving to death
These types of food was passed down from generation to generation even after slavery was abolished. This is why African Americans cuisine consists of those certain types of food. However, these types of foods has cause issues such as heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other dietary health problems within African American community today. Slavery is the cause of the destruction of African heritage within the African American community Slaves were forced to learn a new language, take on a new religion, pick up new customs etc. Therefore, they were deprived from their African culture. Slaves also lost touch with their "roots" and family history They were sold and separated from their families Thus many families were broken up and never reunited As a result, it is extremely difficult to nearly impossible for many African Americans to trace their family history so far back. The institution Slavery effects the geographical location in which African Americans reside The population where the African American community is at its highest is in southern states slavery was mainly established in the southern states After slavery was abolished formal slaves stayed in the area they were most familiar with Background History The Absence of Heritage and Identity The Geographical Locations of the African American Community
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