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Slavery has long been a problem in the US People would say America is the land of the free always has been not so Slavery first began in America with people who were usually immigrants named indentured servants These indentured servants could earn their freedom however labor was long and difficult Later on when the agriculture of America began to increase more servants were needed and this is when the slave trade really began to set in Cotton plantations and other agricultural organizations were looking for a new source of labor Native indians were not good workers for a few reasons For one they knew the land and were able to escape for two they had a native language in which they could speak if need be and communicate with neigboring indian communities This enabled them to escape if they need to So the owners of the plantations decided to look elsewhere for labor This is when Africa became a potential source African tibes had long been in conflict with eachother and the leaders were willing to exchange slaves for food spices or other goods Therefore a trade triangle was developed between the Americans and tribal leaders Slaves were often carried on large ships with little human care Death was not uncommon around 30 of the passengers died of sickness suffication or suicide Ironically surviving the ships perhaps was worse than dying on them The Arican Americans that made it to America were given jobs There were different types of jobs that could be assigned Field workers were the most common This was the hardest work and had the biggest physical consequences The next were house slaves these slaves helped around the house and did all the chores The highest class slaves were named artisans These slaves had a special skill in a certain labor For example one coulc be skilled at
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