From the early stages of colonization, the institution of slavery would continually become established within the United States. This creation not only functioned as a system of labor, but also as a system for regulating the relations between the races. The North and South profited greatly at the expense of shackled and separated families, up until the early 1800’s as the idea of slavery became a topic to be repeatedly examined.
Slavery was not only a practice of owning a person, but controlling and ruling over every action that they take in order to benefit at their expense. These black men, women, and children did not have the same rights as white Americans living among them. In fact, they had no rights at all and no freedoms. They were not their own and always had to seek their master’s permission if they wanted to do anything. They depended solely on their owner for providing for their needs, and in most cases, these needs were not met. This society called for harsh living conditions and tough lives for all who were to be called slaves. Slaves were given a range of duties, and with these responsibilities came ranks of supervision. An assembly of field workers would have to be the strongest and hardest workers with up to thirty supervisors and white men with whips. Those who could not handle this workload toiled in various other jobs. Children would most likely be seen working in their master’s home as a servant to them. Any slave that disobeyed or rebelled in any way was threatened by the fear of death or a severe punishment, depending on the master’s decision.
As stated previously, slavery was not only a labor system, but one for regulating relations between races. “The color line of slavery made it much easier to brand black people as somehow different” (Nation of Nations). Because there was no limit to the actions a master could take on treating his slave badly, the lives of African families were tough. From the beginning the families may become...
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