African-Americans’ migrated to the United States, as we well know, emanation through slavery. Because of the mass kidnappings, the majority of black Americans born in the U.S. have no idea as of their true origin, other that the fact that their ancestors arrived here from the continent of Africa, being one, if not the largest continent on earth. Most black-Americans would love to know a true and more exact origin of their ancestors.
As of March 2004,the population of African-Americans in the U.S. was 36,121,000. That amounts to approximately eight percent of the total population of the country. According to Ira Berlin, “Author of many thousands gone: The first two centuries of slavery in North America, the African-American population in the U.S. totaled approximately 780,000 in 1790, 720,000 were slaves, while 60,000 were free blacks.” Within 20 years, the number of slaves grew to 1,200,000 slaves in 1810 “due to Eli Whitney’s invention of the cotton gin in 1793.” There was also a significant rise in free blacks during this time (from 60,000 in 1790 to 185,000 in 1810).
Because of the nature of how African-Americans arrived to the U.S., much of the distinctive cultural patterns that, as native Africans, they maintained in their original societies were lost, or taken away by force. They were forced into a form of assimilation that form of assimilation that the original African-Americans faced was, not to be like other Americans, but to be whatever they were told, or taught to be.
After the crime of slavery ended, and African-Americans were able to decide for themselves how their lives would fare, most chose to remain culturally assimilated to what they were shown and taught by their owners. Somechose to seek their true roots by either going back to Africa or reestablishing the lessons and knowledge that they held on to from their ancestors throughout their ordeal of slavery.
The cultural assimilated African-Americans mostly earned their incomes by...