Investigate the History of Slavery and Discuss the ways in which this history Impacts Contemporary Society.
Week 8 Final Essay
The history of slavery has majorly impacted contemporary society as well as the ways in which we live. Ever since slavery was abolished in the United States, equality has been spread amongst African Americans throughout the world. This was achieved by the African Americans themselves, with their strong effort in fighting for what they felt was right. Following their strong attempts, “A terrible price had to be paid, in a tragic, calamitous civil war, before the new democracy could be rid of that most undemocratic institution” (G. Loury, 2015). A ...view middle of the document...
Steven, 2015). Additionally, the idea of sickness and disease was demonstrated in the fact that it played a major role in slave trade. The death rate of slaves increased massively, considering most to all of them were lacking sufficient nutrients they needed in their bodies. Young children and infants were especially effected, as well as their parents. Overall, Steven captures the lives of slaves, and how negatively they were affected by the conditions of their jobs, as well as their environment and surroundings.
The start of slavery began in Ancient Greece and Rome, and then changed to serfdom in medieval times. Around the 1500s, as people began to reach the Americas, Native Americans were taken for coerced labor, but were really slaves, in which they did not get any pay. African kingdoms had slaves in their societies, but Europeans, such as the Portuguese, began to take African peoples and bring them to the new world to be used as slaves. This continued on until the Civil War, as mentioned before, in which African Americans were slaves or indentured servants. This affects today’s society because it perpetuates the idea that blacks are inferior, which is why there is still a very prevalent idea of racism against African Americans in society. An example of this is the public reaction to the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown killings. “A large portion of the public believed, and desperately wanted to believe, that Black teenagers were automatically "thugs" and deserved to die for posting snapshots of themselves trying to look tough” (Al Carroll, Nov. 2015). This further shows the prejudice beliefs that still exist amongst African Americans today.
There are many civil rights activist who majorly impacted this time in history. To start, Martin Luther King Jr. was a Civil Rights activist who was extremely determined to equalize the views of African Americans with whites. He was born on January 15, 1929 and died April 4th 1968. Martin played a major role during this movement. He was very sensitive about racism and segregation. He strictly believed everyone deserved equal rights no matter race, color, etc. To start, Martin became a member of the executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was the “leader of the first great Negro nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States” (Noble Media AB, 2014), known as the “bus boycott”. This boycott included all African Americans. They were to avoid riding the bus, and either rode a taxi or walked which lasted for 382 days. During this boycott, Martin was violently abused, vandalized and even arrested. However, this did not discourage him nor stop him from standing up for what he believed in. On December 21st, 1956 the Supreme Court finally ruled that both Negroes and Whites were to ride the bus as equals. In 1957, Martin was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This organization helped in providing a new...