BC: ~Sources~ My book http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_slavery http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_and_free_states http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abolitionism http://www.christianaction.org.za/articles_ca/2004-4-t (for pictures) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_the_colonial_United_States Google Images for the rest of photos
FC: Slavery | And | Trade | African
1: Slavery in Africa was apart of culture like any other nation and started in ancient times. But when the Europeans bought some Africans to work for them in caves for mining, it was changed drastically.
2: Now, picture this-A young son and his parents are sitting around together eating. Out of no where, strange men appear in their small house. They put shackles on his father's hands, and drag his mother out by her hair. All in a matter of seconds, his family is gone and he finds himself alone, watching the only people who ever took care of him sail off into a sunset.
3: Slavery began with a simple payment for a hard worker. But before Africa knew what hit them, parents, siblings, and children were being abducted and taken to a new place with new people and a strange language. The system had been changed in a very small amount of time. Within months, Europe stopped buying Africans and started taking them to be sold, even in America. As you see in my scenario to the left, boundaries were crossed. With all the power Europe had, Africans could not fight back. They continued taking and taking; freely, to the point that no one thought the economy would be able to support itself without slaves. The dependency on African slaves grew to an enormous amount. But of course, the people in Africa probably weren't too concerned with European and American economies, when family members were being kid-napped.but lets look at the specifics of slavery-how did it work?
4: Everyone knows the definition of "slavery."- slaveries 1. The state of one bound in servitude as the property of a slaveholder or household. | Not everyone knows the background. though. Almost every nation had some sort of slave, whether it was a punishment or someone they had captured from war. | Slavery during the 1400's-1800's was one of the only times in history where people were taken captive, not from war or for punishment. Making slaves do all the hard work others didn't want, seamed like a good idea. at the time. Little did anyone know, how much damage it would do.
5: Slavery changed the economy in Africa as well. Well built women and men both were taken, and therefore others couldn't collect crops quick enough to keep businesses afloat. Without the ability to make money or eat, small villages were virtually wiped out. Larger villages took longer to collapse, but eventually even they would cease to exist. | Along with economy troubles in Africa, Europe and America were struggling as well. Europe introduced the slaves so quickly that "supply and demand" came into the picture and it wasn't a good thing. In the beginning, many people wanted a slave, and got themselves one. But as time went on, they were satisfied, so selling/trading slaves for money was starting to be difficult.
6: Slave raiders were desperate to sell their slaves, so they began to even trade them for weapons and supplies.. This allowed them to be even more deadly during raids, which got them more slaves, then a struggle to trade once again. It wasn't till the end of the 1800's that some Europeans or Americans spoke out against slavery.
7: All through Slavery, there were still Americans and Europeans who fought against it. States such as Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, and more began to make laws to abolish slavery. | Slave states and Free states began to battle one another as refugees ran into and out of each. Eventually this was the start of the Civil War, which would end Slavery..