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What does "seasoning" represent when we talk of African American history?

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When we talk about African American history, we cannot ignore slavery and its impact. "Seasoning" is a term related to slavery and refers to the time when a slave would have arrived in the Americas, usually after they had been sold to their owner. During this time period, a the person would undergo a period of time in which they would essentially be converted into slaves and lose their former identity. A slave would be given a name by their white owner, often a Christian name, and their former name would be stripped of them. They would also be prevented from practicing their cultural traditions and beliefs. Slaves who were deemed to be rebellious would be beaten until they were considered to be more subservient to their masters. Additionally, slaves coming to the new world would have to face new diseases that did not exist in their homelands. If a slave survived this period of seasoning, they would likely spend the remainder of their life in slavery.

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I will simply expand on the previous...

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