Documentary Summary: 'Slavery And The Making Of America'

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Slavery and the Making of America

The series Slavery in the Making is a documentary based on the beginning of slavery, which then fell into a large increase in southern states, eventually tearing the Union apart and then bringing it back together. The series is broken up into 4 episodes The Downward Spiral, Liberty in the Air, Seeds of Destruction, and The Challenge of Freedom. The series starts off with the building up and beginning of the British Colonies, then it moves into explain more in depth about the roles that certain individual slaves and African Americans took in the push for abolishment of slavery, and finally ends by explaining life during and after Civil War Reconstruction for both blacks and whites. In the following paragraphs
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It is in 1640 when we see the first distinguished punishment between blacks and whites. This came when three indentured servants, 2 white and one black, by the names of John Punch, James Greggory and Victor working in tobacco fields in the Chesapeake Bay had finally had enough of the way they were being treated by their master. The three of them decided to try an escape. They were captured after a couple of days and returned to face trial. James Greggory and Victor, the two white indentured servants, were given additional years added onto their contracts. John Punch, the black indentured servant, was sentenced to serve until the time of his death, making him the first “slave” at this time. But then by the time of the early 18th century we then begin seeing an increase in the number of slaves being brought in for slave trade so that they could accommodate the large increase in agriculture and serve ambitious farmers. These slaves were brought from Africa as prisoners of war and women and children to carry out the intensive labors. The most prized Africans brought in were men younger than the age of 20 and women younger than the age of 20 because they

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