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The Understanding Slavery Initiative

The Understanding Slavery initiative (USI) is a national learning project which supports the teaching and learning of transatlantic slavery and its legacies using museum and heritage collections. Over

Opinions of Several Gentlemen of the Law, on the Subject of Negro Servitude

Published in 1802, Opinions of Several Gentlemen of the Law, on the Subject of Negro Servitude, in the Province of Nova Scotia, is a small surviving piece of the history of slavery in Canada. The pam

History of Slavery and the Atlantic Slave Trade

Contrary to popular belief, slavery has existed for the majority of human history. Early examples of slavery can be found in the Bible and Ancient Greek and Roman history, thousands of years before th

The Business of Freeing a Slave in Virginia

Public officials, slave owners, and others in eighteenth-century Virginia judged freed slaves a “great inconvenience” as they were frequently suspected of receiving stolen goods and encour

A History of Slavery in the United States from National Geographic

Slavery in what became the United States probably began with the arrival of “20 and odd” enslaved Africans to the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619. It officially ended with t

Slavery In America

Facts, information and articles about Slavery In America from HistoryNet

Slavery in America: National Museum of American History

Slavery was deeply woven into the fabric of the United States and challenged the meaning of democracy. Enslaved people’s work formed an economic engine producing half of all U.S. exports and providi

Slavery Myths Debunked

The Irish were slaves too; slaves had it better than Northern factory workers; black people fought for the Confederacy; and other lies, half-truths, and irrelevancies.

How Slavery Affected African American Families

In some ways enslaved African American families very much resembled other families who lived in other times and places and under vastly different circumstances. Some husbands and wives loved each othe

Introduction to Colonial African American Life

At the dawn of the American Revolution, 20 percent of the population in the thirteen colonies was of African descent. The legalized practice of enslaving blacks occurred in every colony, but the econo

These Maps Reveal How Slavery Expanded Across the United States

n September of 1861, the U.S. Coast Survey published a large map, approximately two feet by three feet, titled a “Map showing the distribution of the slave population of the southern states of t

We still lie about slavery: Here’s the truth about how the American economy and power were built on forced migration and torture

All these decades later, our history books are filled with myths and mistruths. It is time for a true reckoning