Brianna McCalvin
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Slavery in Africa

My paper is about Slavery in Africa. This is important because the book we was reading was about this girl and her family. They had threw a party and these people had came in and captured her and her brother had got killed during this. The book is about her when she is a slave and what happened on her journey when she ran away.

What is slavery?
Slavery is a form of forced labor in which people are considered to be property of others. You have no freedom and you have to do whatever your master says or there's one or multiple consequences. In slavery you have no rights really unless your a servant because most servants get treated as a family member (Slavery)

How were slaves treated?
Many slaves were treated depending on their age,looks,strength,and attitude. Slaves were also treated as property. They had to do as they master commanded or they would get punished or even killed. Slaves had to polish their masters shoes and get their master anything they wanted (“How were slaves treated”).

What states was enslaved?
Slavery has been going on for quite awhile in Africa and it still continues today . More than have the population of Africa has been enslaved (Slavery in Africa). In 1510 the first slaves sent by Portuguese traders arrived in the Spanish Americas, Over the next 350 years over 12 million Africans were forced into slavery and sent thousands of miles away to live in a foreign country with no hope of ever seeing their homeland again (Enslaving the Millions).

What is child slave trade?
Child slave trade is the trading of children. The children are kidnapped or purchased for $20-$70 each by slavers in poorer states, such as Benin, and Togo, and sold into slavery as sex dens or as unpaid domestic for $350.00 each in wealthier oil-rich states, such as Nigeria and Gabon (Child Slave Trade).

What rights did women have?
Women and men both had labor– intensive work. However, much of the hard labor was taken care of by men or women who were past the child-bearing stage. Pregnant women and nursing mothers were given lighter work. Several positions were open to female slaves that were considered skilled labor. One of these was the cook, who prepared food for the master's household and for the slaves themselves when they came back from the fields. (American Slave Women)
"Slavery." Slavery in Africa. N.p., n.d Web. 12 May 2010. <>.