To date, slavery remains one of the most hideous inventions of the humankind. Implying the utmost case of human subjugation and the complete denial of one’s humanity, slavery is a truly horrendous phenomenon and a despicable blight on the human history. Although the era of slavery has ended, it will send ripples across history for multiple centuries, which is why remembering its roots and history is vital. “Birth of Slavery” is a grim reminder of how the phenomenon of slavery came to be and an accurate depiction of the key ideas that led to it, which are the main reasons for it to be a crucial historical document.
The document in question sheds light not only on the atrocities of slavery, but also on the mentality and mindset that led to it, thus, establishing three crucial themes. First, the colonialist attitudes and philosophies of European Imperialism are considered closely in the paper, which is quit thought-provoking. Thus, the factors that drove the phenomenon of slavery to emerge are examined. Additionally, the concept of slavery and its emergence is overviewed from multiple perspectives, including the economic one, which is a second idea worth examining. Finally, the third takeaway from the reading concerns the effects that slavery has had on the present-day relationships between African American and European American citizens. Specifically, the presence of racism and prejudices in the modern U.S. community should be examined from the perspective offered by the “Birth of Slavery.”
Allowing the humankind to remember what led to slavery and what the phenomenon of slavery implied, the “Birth of Slavery” remains a crucial historical document. Reminding people not to make the same mistake of denying a specific race its humanity, the “Birth of Slavery” contributes to the understanding of the time period by relaying the key values and philosophies that defined the emergence of slavery. Thus, “Birth of Slavery” must be remembered as a terrifying reminder of how easy it is to slip into prejudices, racism, and, ultimately, subjugation of other races.