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Here is my writing about enslaved people.

Enslaved People in the United States

There was period of time in the history of the United States when slavery
was legal. As hard as it is to believe, until the end of the Civil War in the 1860s, it was legal in southern states to enslave black African Americans and force them to work on southern plantations. These people endured harsh treatment, inhuman living conditions, and endless amounts of grueling labor for the benefit of the plantation owner and his family. (TRANSITION to BODY)

In the 1800s, housing was horrible for enslaved people. The houses were in terrible condition. They were not comfortable at all and barely livable. The enslaved people lived in one room cabins that fit up to 12 people. No one had privacy, and everyone had to sleep on lumpy straw beds. The only heat they got was a small fire in the middle of the room. They had holes in the house for windows and the floors were soaked and soggy for them to walk on. The roofs were all leaky and it was hard to keep dry. Housing was horrible for enslaved people in the 1800s. Even though housing was horrendous for enslaved people treatment was even worse, and here is some information about it.

Enslaved people were treated awfully in the 1800s. Slaves could have been jailed for just getting their owner upset. They had no rights, and lived with constant worry and fear. Enslaved children were not permitted to go to school. They also were taken away from their parents at a very young age. Enslaved people were considered property and could be sold to different people. If an enslaved person tried to escape they would be whipped or hobbled, hobbled means that the owner would cut off their toes or the front half of their foot which would not allow them to be able to run away again. In the 1800s enslaved people were treated awfully. The way slaves were treated in the 1800s was unthinkably horrible, but here is some information about domestic workers.
In the 1800s domestic workers were treated differently than field workers. Domestic workers were slaves who worked in the main house and served the master and his family too. Domestic workers were not as physically demanding, but still worked hard day and night. They were treated better than field workers but had some of the same punishments. Domestic workers were given better food than field workers. They were also given better clothes. Domestic workers were treated better than field workers in the 1800s. Field workers didn’t have it good like domestic workers and this is why.

In the 1800s field workers had to endure hard physical labor. Field workers had worked from before the sun came up to after dark. They worked in spite of weather. Children at the age of 7 or 8 planted and harvested crops such as cotton and tobacco. The cotton bolls that the slaves picked had cut their fingers to the bone. There was an overseer that would go all around the field and make sure that a slave would not try to escape. If a slave was not working hard enough they got whipped or had another severe punishment. The work they did in the field was extremely painful and backbreaking.

In a certain time in history southern states allowed white people to treat African American people however they wanted. African American people could be bought and sold like domestic farm animals, all of this horrible treatment was called slavery. Slavery started in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. Part of what ended slavery was the presentation of the the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln on January 1st 1863. The other part of what ended slavery was the Civil War on April 12th 1861- April 9th 1865. Slavery ended on December 18th 1865, so all African American people had rights and were free.