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Abolishment Of Slavery In The West Indies

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Throughout history, slavery has been an important concept of discussion. According to the article called “What is slavery?” we can refer to slavery as “a condition in which individuals are owned by others, who control where they live and at what they work.” In the West Indies, slaves were traded and sold to a landowner, who would then be called the slave’s master. The slave was obligated to do as the master said, and forced to work without receiving money, or any other reward. Eventually, people started acting against slavery, and the article “Emancipation of the British West Indies,” on Wikipedia, rightly points out that the slave trade was finally abolished in 1807, and “twenty five ...view middle of the document...

Slaves were set free; therefore there were no more workers to produce these goods. British colonies like Trinidad, for example, were left with a severe shortage of labour (“Slavery in the British and French Caribbean”). Without a cheap source of labour, the production of demanded goods declined, and this caused the economy to collapse and poverty to rise. Peter C. Emmers, from the University of Leiden, stated that the end of slavery in the Caribbean was a big disappointment to many people because “the ex-slaves did not become yeomen farmers nor did they improve their income and status as free plantation workers as many had hoped.” Emmers his argument proofs the fact that people were too naïve to see what good effect slavery actually had. Slavery was seen as a way to prosper colonial power, but due to the end of slavery, the living conditions in the colonies worsened, and their wealth dropped.
Another positive effect slavery had is the fact that slaves were getting educated throughout their labor time, and most of them were treated well. Slaves that were taken from their homeland were usually considered to be unskilled and uneducated. By being slaves, they learned new skills, and also how to work under authority. Although slaves were owned by their master, they were being cared for. They received shelter, food, and clothing, making their environment a better living environment. This also proves that slaves did not only have disadvantages during the slavery. According to the article “Arguments and Justifications” on the site called The Abolition Project , Michael Renwick Sergant claimed: “We ought to consider whether the negroes in a well regulated plantation, under the protection of a kind master, do not enjoy as great, nay, even greater advantages than when under their own despotic governments” in one of his publications. Even though slavery is considered as a negative concept, slaves did have some benefits throughout their labor under the authority of their master.
In addition, slavery is justified in the Bible. Even though religions and beliefs are a difficult topic to argue about, the Bible does say some important things about slavery. People that accepted slavery justified it by using Christianity as a reason simply because they believe that slavery was taught and accepted by God. In the Holy Bible New Testament in Leviticus 25:44-46, there is a passage that says:
“However, you may purchase male...

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