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BC: Slavery By: Mikayla Foster

FC: Slavery By: Mikayla Foster

1: The Beginning Slavery began in the ancient times.The slavery of ancient times reached its peak in Greece and the Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages, slavery declined. Then, during the 1500's and 1600's, the colonization of the New World by Europeans resulted in a great expansion of slavery. The United States abolished slavery in 1865. Today, slavery is illegal in almost every country in the world. But slavery still exists in parts of Africa, Asia, and South America. The start of slavery probably followed the development of farming about 10,000 years ago. Farming gave people an opportunity to put their prisoners of war to work for them.

4: Terrible Life Realising that slaves may often initiate an uprising, the crew on board tied perhaps fifty or sixty men to one long chain, tying their hands and their feet. They may stay in these chains for up to twenty hours a day.In some slave societies, black boy slaves often imitated the actions of the white slave owners or their sons on the slaves by whipping and flogging their younger friends.Infanticide was common among black slave women. Killing their babies, usually by one swift chop with a knife around the infant’s neck, ensured that their sons and daughters would not experience the horrors of the slave trade.

7: Slave-hunters were not uncommon either on boats heading to lands where the population was comprised of predominantly free people. These slave-hunters were usually unemployed but made a living from catching rebel slaves who had passed through the terminal without being noticed. On returning the escapists, the slave-hunter would usually be presented with a sizeable sum from the owner. After witnessing many die in cramped, stifling conditions in order to keep slaves fit and healthy masters on ships would order them to dance and sing as a form of exercise. Tired and browbeaten as they were, slaves were often made to do this against their will. What emerged from their crooning were often laments sung in doleful tones, reflecting their misery on the ship. Ill slaves were a burden upon any captain once the boat had docked. In one act of unbelievable barbarity, a Liverpool captain conned a Jewish buyer into accepting an ill slave who was suffering from the flu. Knowing that the slave was suffering from constant diarrhoea the captain had a surgeon block up the slaves’ anus with oakum, so that they would not appear sick in any way.

9: Life In The South Some Southern plantations were small. And usually only had a few slaves. Other platations were huge and had hunderdes of slaves/On the large plantations the owner and his family "house" was called "The Big House." The slaves did everything for the familys. Like, cook,clean,serve meals, and took care of the childern.Some of the slaves that lived in The Bug House slept in, corners, attics, or closets even tho they lived in a big house.The slaves also had little bulidings on the quarters. They wove clothes that they weaved and dyed clothes in th dye houses. They made many tools as well.

10: Abuse Many slaves in America refused to eat, wanting to die rather than toil through the regime of slavery. Subsequently, owners either forced their food down their throats, broke their teeth, or shoveled hot molten lead on their heads in an attempt to make them eat food. Sometimes identifying slaves were hard. Slave owners would brand symbols or names on their slaves, so they wouldn't get mixed up. Slaves who died in the ‘Middle Passage’ of boats taking them to slave-societies were often simply tossed off the ship without any ceremony or last rites.

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