Once the introduction to slavery was introduced to America, a firestorm of maltreatment towards human kind ensued. Slaves were an alternative to indentured servants, which proved to be a very popular and cost effective solution to the labor problem amongst farmers. Americans began to import enslaved African workers by the thousands and sold them to land owners as lifelong property. With the indentured population diminished, and due to the low cost of African slaves, popularity and widespread African slavery grew.
In the late 1600s, Early America was marred with a myriad of controversies; none more so than the birth of slave labor. European settlers to the America were amongst the majority when purchasing African enslaved workers. Many of these people believed African slaves were not their equals and their sole purpose was to serve their superior race. This was taught through normal educational values as well as within their Christian religion. In order to lure these African slaves to the Americas, many were stolen from their home land and/or promised various falsehoods. The Europeans, who employed these slaves, rationalized that they were the superior race to Africans and they were providing a better life for them.
Slavery was not always an accepted practice. Early American settlers remained divided as to its morality and legality. Though, in its infancy, the North accepted slavery and practiced its use, it was the South that delved deep into its practice. The majority of the North did not approve of slavery culminating in the introduction and passing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The South remained opposed to the notion of releasing slaves. The South depended on slaves to work on their plantations and provide free labor to their owners. Furthermore, the negative impact of slave removal on the economy would severely cripple the agriculture industry of the South. This, along with racism and plain greed of the white plantation owners, served as a standing point of slave owners and the government of the South. Therefore, no compromise on slavery between the North and South could be made and complete abolishment of slavery nearly was impossible.
The treatment of slaves was atrocious. Compared to the indentured servant having to endure a period of time, the slave was lifelong property and was not promised anything in return for their labor. Because they were the property of their white owners, they received zero rights to humanity. Slaves were brutalized and worked under the harshest of conditions....