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race and racism (evolution)
Finance & Accounting
Pages 9 (2259 words)
Understanding the Evolution of the African-American Race and their trials and triumphs over Racism I. Introduction The African-American race plays a large part of the colorful history of the United States and for centuries, the Black race has evolved from slavery to leaders and builders of this nation.
These Blacks come from a number of African regions including the West Central African region, the Mozambique-Madagascar area, the Gold Coast, the Sierra Leone region, the Bight of Benin, the Bight of Biafra and the Senegambia areas (Gomez. 1998). Although these people come from different parts of Africa and embrace different cultures and traditions, they are collective referred to as African-American owing to their continent of origin and the color of their skin. The early black slaves were treated as in debentured servants who are under contract to serve their masters for a certain number of years in exchange for their passage or transportation, food, shelter, clothes and others (Foner, 2004). As slaves, these people are under the control of their masters and they can be sold to another master. Since these people are literally owned by their masters, they are not allowed to marry without the express permission of their masters and if they do not follow the rules of their masters, they can be subjected to harsh physical punishment (Foner, 2004). Female slaves who were allowed to marry and have children often have to stay longer with their owners to make up for the “lost” days that they missed when they got pregnant and had children (Foner, 2004). ...
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