Congratulations! You are finished with this assignment, but never stop learning about it. Slavery had a huge impact on America. It was supposed to be the land of the free. The Europeans came here to escape being repressed. They wanted the freedom of religion, to get rid of taxes, etc. Then they brought people from Africa to the America and treated them like a lower species because of the color of their skin. Think about some things as you continue to learn about history. If you were alive then how would you have acted in situations? Was your family affected by slavery? Ask your grandparents if they remember slavery or segregation and what their experience was with it. Did you know there are still people being treated as slaves in other countries still today? Keep learning! Here are some quotes from Dr. Martian Luther King, one of the greatest speakers of the time (he was black):
When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."
-- "I Have a Dream" speech, August 28, 1963
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
-- "Letter from Birmingham Jail," April 16, 1963
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.
-- Strength in Love (1963)