Slavery slavery slavery in the americas the best known slave societies were those of the circum caribbean world slave imports to the islands of the caribbean began in the early 16th century initially the islands often were settled as well by numerous indentured labourers and other europeans but following the triumph after 1645 of the sugar revolution initially undertaken because superior virginia tobacco had left the barbadian planters with nothing to sell and after the nature of . Overview the thirteenth amendment 1865 ended slavery and slaverys end meant newfound freedom for african americans during the period of reconstruction some 2000 african americans held government jobs the black family the black church and education were central elements in the lives of post emancipation african americans. At slaverys end the meaning and character of the institution become clearest moreover that instant in the life of slavery is undoubtedly the most dramatic episode in all of american history in a matter of a few months some four million human beings who had been born into bondage entered into freedom and began their quest for equality. As the slave colonies developed into complex social and economic communities slavery spilled out into most walks of life enslaved people were everywhere they lived and worked in towns they labored on the varied american frontiers as cowboys for example enslaved people worked on board the atlantic ships and they manned the small craft in inland waters and rivers they toiled at the
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