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Why several black people chose to return to slavery after gaining freedom

March 14, 2019 at 01:00 pm | History

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

March 14, 2019 at 01:00 pm | History

It is difficult to imagine that after gaining freedom from a system that once suppressed and brought one pain physically and mentally, one will return to it. But for some enslaved Africans, this was the reality they had to live with.

By the turn of the 1800s, many slave rebellions and demonstrations by brave enslaved Africans had taken place and began to cause fear and panic among plantation owners and merchants whose vast wealth depended on the slave trade. Several African Americans had gained their freedom and started to live a life of their own despite the slow progress they were making due to the many social structures that worked against them.

While some fortunate blacks were able to stand the test of time and survive on their own after being free from enslavement, the sad truth is several others could not and had to take up the scary option of returning into slavery, a system they had for many years stripped off the dignity of black people.

Here a few reason why several African Americans decided to return to slavery until t was properly abolished.

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