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Slavery in America

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Brianna Schock

on 23 January 2013

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Slavery in America Where did it Start? How were they treated? There were two kinds of slaves-the house slave and the field slaves. The house slave was the easier of the two; they were cooks, servants, maids, and nannies to the owner's kids. Then, there was the field slaves, who worked sun up till sun down. Even with bleeding hands, they picked cotton every day in the field, but if their overseer didn't think one slave was working hard, he would get whipped. In addition, all the slaves were known as property; not an American citizen. They could sell the slaves just like cows and horses. Some slaves said they would rather die than to be a servant to someone else. So, they would try to run away. However, most of the time they would get caught. If one was caught they would return the slave back to its owner, or the catcher could tie the servant to a tree and whip the servant till bleeding. Also, the master could cut off the slaves toes just so he couldn't run away again. Run away slaves Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the Emancipation Proclamation. This document was supposed to end all slavery, but with the civil war, the union especially needed their slaves. However, in 1865, the 13th Amendment was passed after the civil war. Therefore, ending slavery. In the year 1619, African american slaves were shipped from Africa to Jamestown, Virginia; there was an estimate 11 million who got shipped. From there on, slaves were a big part of the United States. Then, in 1793, the Cotton Gin was invented, making a higher demand on slaves in the South to aid in the production of cotton. Therefore, 11 million lives were mistreated, abused, and beaten. Slavery Today Yes, there are still slaves today! Three fourths of the modern day slaves are girls between the ages of 12 and 14. These girls will either get abducted or lured into traffickers, and then routinely raped and beaten by their owner, or they will get sold to other men. Studies show it is less risky and more profitable to sell a girl than to sell meth or cocaine. Sex trafficking is the highest number of slavery today, but their is also young field workers out their too. Boys will have to work and labor all day for their master who will beat them if not done correctly. 12 to 27 million people are caught in one or another form of slavery. Between 600,000 to 800,000 are trafficked internationally, and a shocking 17,500 are trafficked in America. Jackie was a 13 year old young girl. She ran away from her house because her parents would abuse her. A trafficker one day saw her on the streets, and started talking to her. He promised to be her Prince charming and love her forever. He then sold her to at least six different men each night. When she begged for rest and and food, the cruel men would beat her. Jackie In conclusion, slaves were, and are, taken for granted and mistreated everyday. Being beaten and misused was a daily thing for them. Their lives consisted of working and nothing more. Since they weren't considered an American citizen, they were just known as property. Anybody could buy or sell them. Even after the 13th amendment was passed, slavery is still known in America. 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