Compare and contrast the status of African-Americans in North America in the years 1650, 1790, and 1840. Which one of these eras provided African-Americans with the most liberty and autonomy, and which provided the least?
African Americans are a group of Americans with their ancestry origin in Africa. This ethnic group of Americans arrived in America after they were forcibly taken as slaves into the British and Spanish territories (Bankston, 3). The British colonies formed the North America. The demographics of North America were greatly altered by the arrival of people of color. The change in culture influenced the Africans and their descendants. This paper focuses on the status of the people of color in the years 1650, 1790, and 1850. The status of the African-Americans living in North America was best in years around 1850 and worst in 1650.
In 1650 there were 400 Africans in The North America and a population of 19,000 white settlers (Bankston, 12). There were about 20 African American men and women who were free. However, only about half this number owned homes. Traditionally, all non-Christian or captives were enslaved by the Englishmen. The Africans in this period fit this description and they were therefore enslaved. The status of the Africans was not determined by their faith, it was determined by their unchangeable skin color. The authorities in this period placed restrictions on the available land so as the freed African slaves do not get land to own. Massachusetts became the first British colony to legally recognize slavery before 1650 (Bankston, 15).
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