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War against Slave Trade
I. Introduction
Slave trade began in the mid- 17th century and it mostly perpetuated by trading ships
which used to set sail from Europe with merchandise to the West Coast of Africa. These ships
took as long as they wanted on the African coasts as they were brought young men and women
who were fit for work and could survive the long and tortuous journey to various destinations.
America and the Caribbean were the destinations of choice for their demand for slaves and the
European traders were keen to deliver in exchange for goods like sugar, alcohol, and tobacco.
The large presence of slaves in America was however not all advantageous was a threat of being
a dominant population. The rise in the slave trade business in a booming U.S. economy emerged
as a resource that had a great influence in development at low or no costs as the country had
access to free and cheap labor. However, it caused more harm than good to the enslaved African-
Americans as apart from lowering their dignity; it also discriminated against them to be misused
at will by the rest of the society.
II. Background and process against the slave trade
Slave trade had become a threat to the growth of America which was a developing
country aiming to grow economically. It had invaded the lives of the Native Americans who

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were blind to see what was at stake for their nation in the future. The tremendous growth in
numbers of slave traders gave them the courage to form movements to fight for their rights and
advocate for the abolishment of the slave trade. Further, other political activists emerged to fight
for equality and the eradication of slave trade which was far and beyond America. In as much as
the slaves were offering cheap and free labor, they knew that one day they would revolt against
their masters. According to (Gates Jr.), the number of slaves who got into America had grown
alarmingly and was estimated to be 388,000 which is a small number when compared to the
masses that got moved from the coast of Africa. With time, these numbers were expected to rise
as soon as the slaves started intermarrying and having children and this could have an impact on
the native population.
The British government came up with the idea of abolition of slave trade in the years
1822-1826 out of mounting pressures that could not be ignored anymore. The abolishment of the
slave trade was bound to take place sooner or later and was mostly as a result of the potential
dangers and harm that the trade could portend for America. As a developing country, America
could not understand how in years to come how they could survive paying wages as they had not
cultivated a culture of paid employment and labor as it was free and readily available. It was
therefore out of such fears and the effect of the move on their development that there was a
reluctance to hire labor which would result in a stunted development of the economy. For this
reason, some felt the need to do away with slaves and pay people wages for work done
regardless of how minimal. The emerging of humanitarian groups like churches and researchers
who went against the slave trade pressurized the participating countries to reconsider their stand
in the trade. They judged slave trade on ethical grounds where people were being sold like any
other items in the market. With the rise of industrialization, the states that used slaves for cheap

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Surname 1 Student’s name Professor’s name Course Code Date War against Slave Trade I. Introduction Slave trade began in the mid- 17th century and it mostly perpetuated by trading ships which used to set sail from Europe with merchandise to the West Coast of Africa. These ships took as long as they wanted on the African coasts as they were brought young men and women who were fit for work and could survive the long and tortuous journey to various destinations. America and the Caribbean were the destinations of choice for their demand for slaves and the European traders were keen to deliver in exchange for goods like sugar, alcohol, and tobacco. The large presence of slaves in America was however not all advantageous was a threat of being a dominant population. The rise in the slave trade business in a booming U.S. economy emerged as a resource that had a great influence in development at low or no costs as the country had access to free and cheap labor. However, it caused more harm than good to the enslaved AfricanAmericans as apart from lowering their dignity; it also discriminated against them to be misused at will by the rest of the society. II. Background and process against the slave trade Slave trade had become a threat to the growth of America which was a developing country aiming to grow economically. It had invaded the lives of the Native Americans who Surname 2 were blind to see what was at stake for their nation in the future. The tremendous growth in numb ...
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