On My Journey
Now: Looking at African-American History Through the Spirituals
Reading level: Young Adult
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America was looking for very, very, very cheap labor, because
they wanted workers who were even cheaper than indentured
servants. The Africans were taken from their homes, their
villages, their cities. They were chained and lined up, and
people who could not keep up were thrown to the side. So many
people dying changed the patterns of the predators, especially
the hyenas, the buzzards, the scavengers. The animals came in
closer to the coast, following their prey.