Present History traces the origins of the development of the American slave system that came to be called the "peculiar institution." This Advanced-Placement-level presentation includes a look at the progression of slavery as it becomes embedded into American society, and it provides an overview of the role of abolition in its development. Included in this presentation is a look at the increased demand for African slaves, the effect this had on Africa, the packing of the ships and the middle passage, its inclusion in statute law, passages from the diary of William Byrd, the Constitution as a pro-slavery document, plantation realities, instruments of slave resistance, a look at the role of King Cotton, the complex social order of the South, the status of free black communities, and the role of abolition (including such leaders as Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Martin Delaney, and William Lloyd Garrison) and its effect on southern backlash. Although this is an AP US history presentation, it can easily be modified for all U.S. history courses. Be sure to check out "U.S. History Complete Set, Volume I" and "U.S. History Complete Set, Volume II" for all of Present History's U.S. history presentations.