Slavery can be summarised as the situation where human beings are treated as property by fellow human beings and hence just like property can be bought and sold. The slaves are also made to work against their will. African-Americans have suffered due to slavery which occurs due to one human being feeling superior to the other. Samuel George Morton said that the brain of the Negro compared to that of the white man is less by nine cubic inches.
There are certain benefits of slavery that have been suggested. It has been said that in the United States slavery led to growth and development of the state. This is because the slaves were been used to do construction under the supervision of the educated white men. They built roads and also constructed railways which led to advancement of trade and also led to development of more businesses. Slaves were also used in farms and one field was in picking cotton which was a main export in the United States. The other advantage of slavery was that farmers that are the white men incurred no costs as the slaves were not paid. It has also been suggested that African American are only in the United States because they were taken there as slaves. The African American as a slave owed his labour to his master and the advantage was that the master did not pay financially but provided for the slave. The slaves could be provided with home, food and clothing. Slavery also made the master and the slave to have closer ties. It is also suggested that those who were taken as slaves were better off since others become thieves. In France the children of the labourers were taken in when their parents went to labour and taken care of till evening.
The disadvantages of slavery are however many, these African Americans could work from sunrise to sunset with no rest lack of doing so would lead to a punishment which included a beating or been sold again. There were given houses to live in but they lived in poor conditions as they could share one roof with a dozen people. The slaves also could not marry or own property. The punishments for a small mistake would even lead to selling one of the family members of the slaves.
Slavery however has been connected to Christianity over the years seeing that it existed for quite some time. It has been said slavery was a result of sin. It was said that people did not obey their first parents and the ultimate punishment was slavery. It has also been said that Christ when he came to earth did not say anything about slavery he did not condemn it and so it was taken to be that Christianity was not against slavery. The fact also that in the writings of the Apostles there was no condemnation of slavery makes Christianity seem to be for slavery. There are writings in the Bible that suggest that slaves ought to obey their masters and escaping is not a solution.
Christians however have in the present day seen to fight slavery. The Bible says that when a slave is beaten by the master and dies the master should be punished for the act. Slavery started long before and hence the whites try to justify their involvement in oppressing the African Americans using the Christianity teachings.