Slavery. One of the harshest and most cruel ideas any human being has ever fathomed. The idea of bringing slavery to the Americas was one of the worst if not THE worst practices to have ever taken place in the history of our hemisphere. People torn from their native land(s), shipped across hundreds of miles of ocean surrounded by disease and infestation, going days without food, and then forced to work in a land they never even knew existed. The entire idea of slavery seemed surreal but became very real; very quickly. Although slavery has never been justified, it will always remain etched in the heart of American civilization for as long as the world will survive.
Family life during slavery was extremely influenced and shaped by oppression. Families were molded around, and torn apart by the malice of their masters and the consequences of
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They attended church on sometimes a regular basis but it was not quite as it should have been. But it will always be regarded as one of the worst options of work and punishment that the world will ever see. Children were sold away from their mothers and fathers never to see them again and put to work at an early age. Any reason that a master or any White for that reason, could find to beat or torture a slave, the opportunity was taken advantage of in a timely manner.
Slavery in general was built around punishment and resistance. It was a sick and twisted idea that was put into place solely for the benefit of the Whites and the humiliation for the Blacks. They sang these songs in joyous times as well as in times of despair or sorrow. If a slave did not understand his master, he was still beaten. Some slaves did learn and escaped successfully. The masters made sure that their slaves could not read and write for the mere fact that if they ever were to learn, there would be a rather large uprising of resistance. Any slave, who opposed their master or did not work to their full potential, was made an example of...