Slavery in the United States: A Grave Mistake Analytical Essay by Mgmleo

Slavery in the United States: A Grave Mistake
An exploration of the general history of slavery in the US from the perspective of historian and scholar, WEB Du Bois.
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This paper examines the existence of slavery in America from the late 17th century up to the Civil War. It particularly explores the general history of slavery in the US from the perspective of African-American scholar, critic and historian, WEB Du Bois. The paper argues that slavery was one of the greatest mistakes ever made, one which brought America and its people to the brink of utter destruction.

From the Paper:

"With the exception of a few freed African-Americans who had been released from bondage or managed to buy their way out of a life as a slave, every slave was forced to live and work under very difficult and often dangerous conditions with very inadequate housing, clothing and food and were treated by their white slave masters as property, much like a herd of sheep. They also had no rights whatsoever; they could not own land or property of any kind and children were often permanently separated from their parents by being sold at a slave market. However, as pointed out, 90% of the slaves in the Deep South were naturally-born Americans, yet they had no rights as human beings. Thus, the institution of slavery in America created what Du Bois refers to as a double consciousness, meaning that slaves lived in a world outside of the realm of the white man, a world that "looked on in amused contempt and pity" while wealthy white slave owners lived in opulence and richness (Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, 2005, p. 3)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Channing, William Ellery. (1843). Slavery. Internet. Retrieved April 21, 2008 from
  • Du Bois, W.E.B. (1992). Black Reconstruction in America: 1860-1880.New York: The Free Press.
  • ---. (2005). The Souls of Black Folk. New York: Bantam Classics, Inc.
  • Eltis, David. (1999). The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Kolchin, Peter. (2003). American Slavery: 1619-1877. New York: Hill & Wang Publishers.

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"Slavery in the United States: A Grave Mistake" 16 February 2010. Web. 14 July. 2020. <>