Slave trade played a huge role forming the modern world we live in. North America was developed almost entirely by slave labor and native exploitation. Slave trade was a practice accepted by society for many years, and there was no opposition. In 1852, a novel titled Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly, was published; it was an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Many adaptations to films and plays were developed, one of this was the television movie Uncle Tom’s Cabin(1987) directed by Stan Lathan and screenplay adapted by John Gay; the movie was filmed in Natchez, Mississippi, USA. Many people agree that the novel created grounds for anti-slavery movements around the world. Although the play was directed to the North American population, it had a huge worldwide success. Abolishing slave trade was just the beginning, but there was still much work to do, in order to completely abolish all aspects of slavery. A great justification is that maybe slavery was just "A necessary evil."
Harriet Beecher Stowe was born on June 14, 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut. Although she was raised under a puritan formation, Stowe was believed to be a protestant; which played a great role throughout her life. After a life time of research and study, Harriet marries Calvin Stowe in 1835. The 1850’s law required turning in slaves, even in the “Free States”, this in turn inspires Harriet to write in what would become one of the most controversial book in time. In 1851 Uncle Tom’s Cabin is released; the book highly influenced the Civil War movement. Stowe’s work was translated to thirty two languages, and was adapted to theater plays until 1930. Beecher’s success is not so much directed to her literary abilities, rather than the hard times in which the book was published, at the time slavery abolition was on the spotlight. Harriet Beecher Stowe dies on June 1 1896.
Slavery has been around for many years, and has existed in many cultures. Prehistoric graves from about 8000 BC in Lower Egypt suggest that a Libyan people enslaved a San-like tribe. Slave trade as we know it took place from the 16th through to the 19th centuries, booming during the 18th century due to the sugar trade. Sugar trade was a huge profitable business for European countries. It was a huge commodity and was produced almost entirely by slave labor, an estimated six million enslaved African laborers worked in the sugar refineries. There was an earlier established trade route called the Atlantic slave trade, which had a triangular trade pattern. Almost twelve million individuals were traded as a result of the Atlantic slave trade.
Portugal and Spain began the trade in the early 1500’s; with the Dutch emergence in 1600, almost 33,000 slaves were traded between 1600 and 1650. British dominance came in 1650 when they traded almost 1.3 million slaves from 1550 to 1807, marking the start of British dominance in the world’s slave trade. Slaves were imported from...