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Analyse the black experience of slavery in North America The black experience of slavery in North America begins with the enforced transportation of thousands of Africans across the Atlantic to North America The Africans were torn from their families and villages marched to the coast confined in Barracoons to await a passing ship then crammed below decks for upwards of two months1 This was the beginning of the dehumanisation of the blacks that was continued once they reached North America if they survived the journey The blacks would then be auctioned and sold to the highest bidder It is estimated that four hundred thousand Africans were shipped to North America between the years of 1619 and 1860 During the initial stages of this system until around 1660 the blacks that arrived did not have any tangible legal status although they were always seen as inferior Gradually legislation was introduced that separated them from white servants and defined their status more clearly Virginia and Maryland passed laws declaring Negroes to be slaves for life and the children of Negroes and mulattos were likewise slaves2 Gradually more legislation was passed essentially defining the lives of the blacks It became illegal in some states for blacks to have sexual relations with whites it was also illegal for blacks to own property or any kind of gun or weapon They were prohibited to give evidence against a white man in court get married or be taught to read or write The legislation that was being introduced served to make it almost impossible for the slaves to preserve their African heritage as every aspect of their lives was dictated to them by the slave owners The slaves were forced to adopt Christianity and disregard their own beliefs Legislation was also introduced to prevent slaves congregating except in church This made it extremely difficult to retain their culture as the only place they could congregate
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