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African people were kidnapped, chained and transported to the New World. For more than 250-years, these people and their descendants faced a life of hard labor, servitude and cruelty.
From the arrival of the first slaves in the 1600s, the economy of the US Colonies depended on slave labor to do hard physical work picking tobacco and cotton. By the 1800s abolitionists, who believed slavery was wrong, were working to ban slavery. It was made illegal in 1865 with the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.