EFFECTS OF SLAVERY
History of Slavery and its Effects on Contemporary Society
Babatunde T Alli
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Introduction to the Humanities
Instructor: Professor Sigrid Koepke-Fruend
February 25, 2017.
There are several impacts of slavery on the contemporary society, a few of these are racism, segregation, inequality, partial employment opportunity, deprivation of education, mental issues amongst African American male, diagnosis of depression and PTSD among African American males, relationship brutality, ghettoization, higher conviction of crimes, inequalities in the justice system and so on. Slavery in the United States did not commence until 1619 in Jamestown Virginia. It began with a Dutch who sailed to the United States for trade and to settled many slaves that were brought from Africa. This Dutch man introduced buying and selling of black African slaves to the Americans who has cotton and or tobacco farm as “the black gold business”. According to (Rodriguez & Junius, 2007) Slavery in the United States: A social, political, and historical encyclopedia; the slaves were allowed to work for seven years and they can either purchased their freedom or became the property of their master for life. Abraham Lincoln became the 16th president of the United State in the year 1861 and declared the emancipation proclamation in the year 1863 before he was assassinated in the year 1865.It was not total freedom for the slaves but, there were little opportunities like getting to have a civil employment or joining the US army. Now in modern society “us vs. them” phenomenon continues. It has always been white versus. black for a while now, and can be reflected on the economy, society, and natural landscape: spatial distribution of blacks. “Us vs. them” gives rise to suspicion, friction, distrust, clannishness, and even violence towards the races. But even till today white is the dominant race so in the “us vs. them” social interaction, the victim of most of these negative interactions are “African Americans.” Although most people will say segregation is behind us, but it is still a problem. Slavery has effects on modern society mostly because we allow it through what is called “de facto”, by custom. Through economics, and preferences society still believes there is still a dominant skin color.
Slavery in America
Jamestown Virginia in the year 1619, a Dutch that sailed unto the US soil to sell and to settle a lot of slaves whom forcefully migrated from Africa. Since the arrival of the Dutch, buying and selling of black African slaves was introduced to Americans. People in the Americas and in Western Europe justified their actions with the beliefs that African Americans were animals and mostly related to monkeys. They believed they were superior and made the “white” skin color the dominant race. Abraham Lincoln became the 16th president of the United State in the year 1861 and declared the emancipation proclamation in the year 1863 before he...