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A scapegoat is a person or thing made to bear the blame for the mistakes or sins of others Scapegoats have been used all over the world and at all times especially in the 1700s during slavery For example the Klu Klux Klan or KKK used black people as their scapegoats because they didnt like how the black people were getting rights and the Nazis used jews as their scapegoats because the Nazis werent the supreme power so they blamed the jews for it The blacks were the KKKs blame for everything that was related to crime violence or plain old disrespect The KKK formed a few years after the blacks got their freedom and they started using black people as their scapegoats when black people got the same rights as white people The enslavement of blacks began in the 1600s Slavery flourished in the South where large plantations grew cotton tobacco and other crops In order for the plantations to thrive many laborers were needed By 1860 the slave states had about 4 million slaves The slaves made up nearly 33 of the Souths population It would be believable that every southerner owned slaves but that is incorrect Only 25 of the whites in the South had slaves Even though some of the Southerners didnt have slaves they still believed that their economy would collapse without slavery Slavery wasnt as important to the Northerners because their land was very rich but the Southern land was dry hard and needed much devoted time to get a crop to grow In 1807 the British Parliament passed a bill outlawing slave trade but it continued secretly
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