Why did the European colonists in the New World use African slaves for their labor? How did the system of capturing and transporting millions of human beings against their will develop?
This text examines the terrible system of providing slaves to the New World – the Atlantic Slave Trade – in which men, women and children were ripped from their homes and shipped across the ocean for a lifetime of forced toil, suffering, and early death. 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 is the chapter “The Middle Passage” from my textbook “We Take Nothing by Conquest”.
This chapter is also included in a complete and comprehensive unit on the development of race-based slavery in the New World available from my store. That complete unit includes this and additional text, inquiry based study guides, PowerPoints, a project, assessments , and a Teacher’s Guide for using all of the materials
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