Summary Of Slavery By Olaudah Equiano

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Along with the discovery of the New World and all of its possibilities, a demand for large amounts of manual labor arose. Newly immigrated Americans realized the land near them was rich in nutrients and perfect for growing crops that were in high demand at the time, such as sugar, indigo, tobacco, and coffee. African Americans were so highly sought after because they were already used to the unpleasant conditions of working in the outdoors in Africa and were bought for almost nothing. Africans were captured by Europeans in their own homes and towns in Africa and brought to the New World against their will, where they were traded for resources. Those resources in turn were traded for more slaves which created a system where the Americans…show more content…
He and his sister were captured and split up once they were traded to the Europeans. He was placed in the deck of the boat with so many men that he could barely breathe. He said it was so unsanitary and the air was so foul that he wanted to die. “The closeness of the place, and the heat of the climate, added to the number in the ship, which was so crowded that each had scarcely room to turn himself, almost suffocated us. This produced copious perspirations, so that the air soon became unfit for respiration, from a variety of loathsome smells, and brought on a sickness among the slaves, of which many died, thus falling victims to the improvident avarice, as I may call it, of their purchasers” (Equiano). The crew had to tie him down and force food down his throat. After making it through the voyage he landed in the Barbados where he was sold and sent to work in the…show more content…
The North had a higher standard of living and slavery was illegal in most of the northern states. Only about 5-7% of slaves actually lived in the North. The North was more developed than the South and relied on them to provide raw materials for manufacturing. Since the North had a huge economic advantage on the South, it brought more opportunities for work. The North offered more skilled jobs, which came with higher wages. Slaves that worked in the North had different types of jobs then those in the South. They were usually “domestic servants, artisans, craftsmen, sailors, dock workers, laundresses, and coachmen” (Zagarri ). They lived in more urban areas, and were hired out by owners, which in some cases, they could work off their freedom. After a certain time they would be released as free men, where in the south they were more than likely living the plantation life and working until death. Slaves also suffered educationally in the South, where the North provided more opportunities to learn. Literacy rates were a lot lower in the South compared to the North. Slaves in the North also had a higher social status than in the South and sometimes, after gaining their freedom, would end up owning

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