The first slaves arrived in Virginia around the year 1619 and slavery lasted almost 250 years in America. Africans made up the largest number of migrants to the New World during the colonial era, especially during the eighteenth century. The Atlantic slave trade an estimated 11 million Africans were transported to both North and South America. In the United States, slaves had no rights. A slave could be bought and sold just like a cow or horse. Slaves had no say in the where they lived or who they worked for. They had no representation in the government. Slaves were considered property they weren’t considered to be a real human beings by the United States standards. Imagine being treated as if you you’re a piece of meat your equal would be considered to be a filthy animal .African Americans were looked as money and that they would ever be money. There was no one to care about how you might of felt because in the slaves master eyes you have know and don’t deserve to have any feelings. Slaves could not own property and were not allowed to learn or to be taught how to read and write. They were afraid of an empower “nigger” who could read and write and develop and conquer so much more then the white man could any day. The legal standing of an African American has changed over time we as a people have progress way past anyone could ever predict
Life on the fields meant working for sunup to sundown days per week and being fed food that even an animal will eat. Plantation slaves lived in small shacks with a dust floor and small or no piece of furniture. Life on large plantations with a cruel supervisor was considered unbearable.
Large plantations usually needed some slaves to work in the plantation home. These slaves enjoyed much better circumstances. Domestic slaves lived in higher quarters and received higher food. They often were able to travel with the owner 's family. In several cases, a category system
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