The Abolition of Slavery
The Slave Trade in America was huge part of the economic relations with Britain known as the Triangular Trade. The British ships sailed south towards Africa where they traded African men, woman, and children in exchange for various items like liquor and cotton cloths. Then, the Africans were shipped west in large slave ships, which is known as the Middle Passage.Robert Walsh, a British abolitionist, described the conditions of the slave ships the slaves were enclosed in hatch ways where the space was so low that they were packed between each others legs and there was no possibility of lying own or at all changing their position. ‘ When they reached America the African men, woman, and children were sold at southern ports. There was not a single black American that came to America outside the slave trade.
In the American plantations there were up to a million African slaves working in America. Thus slavery becomes a large part of the agricultural unit with hundreds of slaves tending to the cotton fields. The conditions on the southern plantations for slaves were horrible because the ‘African men, woman, and children were suffocated into one grass hut with no bedsteads r furniture of any kind. ‘ The slave owners rather than giving enough food, clothing, and shelter treated the Africans as animals.This resulted in revolts across the country because of the harsh treatment of the slaves by the slave owners in the plantations. In the late 1 ass’s, there were about two thousand groups and activists who were speaking out against slavery. They wanted immediate emancipation from slavery because they wanted Africans to be recognized as part of the American society.
In the sass’s many slaves were escaping from their slave owners and seeking freedom in the north. A purport system was built for them to escape to Canada this was known as the underground Railroad.Although, Britain helped the American to bring slaves to America by using their ships to exchange items for African slaves they took the first initiative in trying to abolish slavery completely from Britain and also America. Thus, the British ceased involvement first through the Slave trade act, which made involvement in the trade illegal, but not the owning of slaves, which was dealt with the Slavery Abolition Act. William Willpower, a Christian abolitionist, did a lot of campaigning by writing letters and holding abolitionist meetings in order to abolish slavery because he believed the treatment and equality of the slaves.The British used their Navy in order to monitor the routes of slave trading by preventing the spreading of slaves to other countries. During this period of time, the government of America and its citizens should be active in taking the initiative to abolish slavery in America and throughout the world.
One way this can be done is through public attention of the issue of slavery and that through speaking about it in schools, churches, and communities we can inform people about the inequality and treatment of slaves.Even though abolishing slavery require a large amount of money and resources it can be done through creating more abolitionist groups, which strive to help people escape from slavery and create a new life in equality and freedom. Another way this can be done is through citizens volunteering their time and money to helping the slaves receive the basic necessities of life such as food, clothing, and shelter. Lastly, we as citizens must be willing to take the time to educate and men, woman, and children about slavery in order to prevent spreading of slaves.