From the 15th to the 19th centuries, it is estimated that between 10 to 12 million Africans were sold into slavery.
Slavery was rapidly becoming an entrenched institution in American society, but it took brutal force to impose this sort of mass exploitation upon once-free people.
Under southern law, slaves were considered property. Like a domestic animal, they could be bought, sold, leased, and physically punished. What was life like living under these conditions?