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A brief account on Slavery.

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Slavery Essay "In this long evolution of racial attitudes in America, nothing was of greater importance than the enslavement of Africans." This is not a valid statement. The enslavement of Africans is definitely important in the evolution of racial attitudes in America. The basis of American racial attitudes and that of slavery come from the belief of the first American colonists that black Africans were an inferior race. Most believed they were not even human. These beliefs are the main cause of the treatment of Africans from colonial times up through the treatment of African Americans today. Europeans had encountered Africans long before they began trading them as slaves. They did not understand the African way of life; their religious beliefs, their traditions, or their customs. ...read more.


They were property, like livestock or an article of clothing. They were unacceptable as members of the ruling society, as sexual partners, as friends, or family. An example is legislation from Virginia in the mid 1600's that included A man being whipped for sleeping with a black woman, Owners of slaves being allowed to punish their slaves however they saw fit. Blacks were not allowed to own any kind of weapon and slaves were not able to leave their owner's property without written permission. These types of laws prove that even those in government, who were usually the most educated people, believed in the inferiority of Africans. Of course, slavery has affected the racial attitudes in the U.S. ...read more.


Americans realized how ignorant ideas of the past were, Jefferson said it best when he proclaimed, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal" (although he owned slaves). The blacks were men, and like whites, upon their birth they were all endowed with certain unalienable rights. All men are created equal and none is inferior to another. The inability to grasp this concept is the greatest reason for racial attitudes in America today. Undoubtedly slavery played a role in such attitudes, but there was a more fundamental issue than just enslavement in the minds of American people. If this concept had been grasped sooner these early Americans may have been able to avoid an undesirable period in our nation's history and we would not still be working to eliminate racism from American society today. ...read more.

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