The History of Slavery
Africans who were immigrants to the British people had no choice in their destiny or not a certain destination. The first African Americans that arrived in Jamestown in 1619 on a trading ship weren’t slaves but they weren’t freed people either. There were 20 Africans who were traded to the English as much needed workers to make tobacco, the new cash crop for Virginia. Tabaco needed labor workers. The sales of Africans to Virginia planters were thought to be very profitable. They served time as servants until their debt were complete. Although these blessed individuals lived the rest of their lives as free people who weren’t obligated to do anything they didn’t want to. Even though they didn’t have slave tradition in England, slavery was a replacement of men for plantations labor in the old south. This plays a major role in the way society is perceived in today’s society.
Virginia became the first British colony to legally launch slavery in 1661. The only southern state to resist slavery was Georgia; Georgia was pressured of its own citizens and replaced the ban on African slavery. Laws soon passed in these areas that made all children of African American slaves to lifetimes in chains.
No northern or middle colony was without its slaves, Africans lived in bondage economics and geography did not promote the need for slave importation. The slave population remained small compared to the southern states slavery population. Even though laws throughout the country recognized the existence of slavery, it was still not systemized. Slaves were granted freedom. The non-important clause of the U.S constitution stated that “The migration or importation of such persons as any of the states now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the congress prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but tax or duty may be imposed on such importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each person.” This...
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