Debate: Should Americans Pay Reparations to Descendants of Slaves?
With the settlement of the new America, slavery shortly followed. Around the sixteenth century, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade began with ships traveling from Britain, to West Africa, and then to the Eastern coast of the present day United States. These Africans were transported in an unsanitary and abrasive atmosphere. When they arrived in the New World, the conditions were not much better. For three hundred years,
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of the ancestor actually being a slave is very difficult to determine. In addition, to blame all Caucasians is a major fault since most were not citizens of the United States until the post civil war time period. As with the Japanese and Jewish successors, African descendants should receive a formal and sincere apology from the United States government for slavery. However, these African descendants should understand that a monetary compensation will not be provided.