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Concentration Camps

Slavery in the United States

In the history of the United States nothing has brought more shame to the

face of America than the cold, premeditated method of keeping black people

in captivity. People from England who migrated to America used many

different methods to enslave black people and passed them down through the

children. These methods were quite effective, so effective that these

"slaves" were kept in captivity for over two hundred years in this country. It

was the rain of terror that kept black people in fear of their lives for so long.

The invention of the gun back in the fifth-teenth century was the main reason

that these people were able to go to another continent and enslave so many

people. These people from Africa were mistreated very badly right from the

start both mentally and physically. They were packed very tightly on ships for

months at a time chained to each other with no place to go to the bathroom,

little water to drink, and hardly anything to eat.

As the population constantly increased in the colonies during the 1600's, so

did the demand for slavery especially in the southern colonies where the big

plantations were. These plantations were very lucrative since the owners had

free manual labor and they could keep all the profit from the crops for

themselves. They also had to justify what they were doing to themselves so

what they did was tell themselves that these slaves were barbaric and not

smart enough to be civilized. These slave owners also owned huge houses in

the middle of their plantations and thought of themselves as noblemen. In

acuality, it was the slaves who were living nobly while the Europeans were

living barbaricly. The Europeans who owned slaves also thought that the

slaves were not smart enough because they could not speak English and they

did not have a written language. This was proven not to be true either

because the second generation of slaves learned the English language with no

trouble at all. Once the slaves started having children, the demand for slaves

dropped while the market for selling slaves and their children went up. This

was another way they kept slaves in slavery. If a person was born to a slave,

he or she was automatically born into a life of slavery. The owners would

also keep their slaves ignorant. They would not teach them how to read or

write. If they could read, they would have been shocked to find that these

colonists believed that every man is born with the unalienable rights of life,

liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They also would have known that these

colonists left the last country that they were in for this same reason.

Their ignorance to this fact is not what kept them in slavery for so though.

What kept them obedient was the fact that they knew they would be made

an example of if they tried to escape. Second of all, they had no where to

escape to. It was not like they had a friend's house to hide out in. They knew

if they rebelled or acted up, they would be either beaten very badly with

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