Why did the European colonists in the New World use African slaves for their labor? How did the system of enslaving an entire race of people begin? This text examines the development of race based slavery in the New World, spreading from the sugar plantations in the Caribbean and South America to the 13 colonies. It follows the economic, religious and political reasons for the switch from Indian to African slaves and explains how the legal system for enslaving an entire group of people based solely on their place of birth (and skin color) directly led to the concept of “race.”
The text also examines the terrible system of providing slaves to the New World – the Atlantic Slave Trade, or "Middle Passage" – and the life which awaited those men, women and children kidnapped and shipped across the ocean. Be forewarned: this is a “warts and all” examination of this period of history, as it pulls no punches telling the sordid history of the slave trade and exposing the complicity of so many in the sale of human beings.
This text is divided into three chapters “The Development of Race Based Slavery," "The Middle Passage," and "Early Colonial Slave Life" from my textbook “We Take Nothing by Conquest”
. Also included is an excerpt from “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano.”
These chapters are also included in a complete and comprehensive unit
on the Development of race-based slavery in the New World. That complete unit includes not only this text but also inquiry based study guides, PowerPoints, activities, assessments and projects designed to accompany the text, along with a Teacher’s Guide for using all of the materials
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