Buying Freedom from Slavery for kids: Why did slave owners allow slaves earn money?
The motives and purpose of the slave owners who allowed their slaves to earn some money was the notion that such rewards motivated and appeased their slaves by encouraging the belief that slaves could eventually save enough money to purchase their own freedom, and even that of their families. The goal of buying freedom from slavery was a long, arduous task, taking tremendous effort, hard work and determination. The ability of slaves to earn the money required to buy their freedom took many, many years and required strict financial discipline.
Buying Freedom from Slavery for kids: Slave Owners had the Right of Refusal
Even when the slave had saved enough money to enable them to approach their owner about the subject of buying freedom from slavery it was the sole decision of the owner whether to allow this transaction. Such requests to buy their freedom were refused by many owners, the most famous example of this is highlighted in the story of the slave called Dred Scott.
Buying Freedom from Slavery for kids
The history of the slavery of African and African-American people in North America lasted for 157 years under the Colonial rule of the English and a further 89 years under the rule of the United States Government, a total of 246 years of slavery in North America which had led to the establishment of the Abolitionist Movement and the Civil War. Slavery was eventually abolished by the 13th Amendment that was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865 and ratified on December 6, 1865.
Buying Freedom from Slavery - Racial Discrimination and Segregation
For additional facts about racial discrimination and segregation refer to detailed information on Black Segregation History and for brief, fast facts refer to the Segregation History Timeline.
Black History for kids: Important People and Events
For visitors interested in African American History refer to Black History - People and Events. A useful resource for teachers, kids, schools and colleges undertaking projects for the Black History Month.
Buying Freedom from Slavery - President John Adams Video
The article on the Buying Freedom from Slavery provides an overview of the methods used to acquire one of the Important goals of African-Americans during his presidential term in office. The following video will give you additional important facts, history and dates about the political events experienced by the 2nd American President whose presidency spanned from March 4, 1797 to March 4, 1801.