Being African American

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BEING AFRICAN AMERICAN
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Being African American

African Americans or who some may refer to as colored, negro, blacks, or even the most derogatory term niggas have had a plight of racism and discrimination since their arrival onto the American soil. African Americans did not migrate from their homes to find new land to explore and/or cultivate but instead were captured by Europeans and taken away from their homelands to a new and unknown land. They were snatched from their homes to be brought to America to work as slaves. In 1619 the first African slave arrives in Virginia to be sold into what would be the dark ages of their existence. Slavery began when the first African slave was brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia. European settlers in North America was looking to a cheaper labor source than indentured servants which were poor Europeans. After the initial Dutch ship brought 20 Africans ashore the British Colony of Jamestown, slavery spread throughout the other American colonies. Historians believe that and estimated 6-7 million slaves were imported to the New World during the 18th century alone (Staff, History.com, 2009). Initially black slaves worked mainly on plantations cropping tobacco, rice, and indigo. Slaves were counted as 3/5 of a person for the purpose of taxation guaranteeing the right to repossess any person held to service of labor. In the late 18th century the mechanization of the textile industry in England led to a huge demand for American cotton which grew slavery in America. Cotton was a southern crop which production was unfortunately limited by the difficulty of removing the seeds from raw cotton fibers by hand. After a young Yankee school teacher named Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin that efficiently removed the seeds from the cotton fibers, the…...

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