Slavery : resources from Awesome Stories : Black History Month
It's "African-American History Month" in the U.S.
You can freely use AwesomeStories' vast archive to explore the topic throughout February.
We will feature various topics, starting with:
How the Slave Trade Began
Triangle-Trade and Slavery in "The New World"
The Middle Passage
When Parliament Abolished the Slave Trade
Members of Parliament, who wanted to perpetuate the slave trade, told stories about how well-off kidnapped Africans were on their long voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Their claims, however, were debunked with actual evidence gathered by investigators who exposed the truth about what was known as "The Middle Passage."
Some of the transatlantic crossings were treacherous. According to evidence presented at the privy council, the average loss of life for captured Africans - during each voyage - was about 12 1/2 percent. Another 4 1/2 percent died when they reached the shore of the "New World." These numbers do not include the percentage of people who died after they were captured.
When Africans arrived in the "New World," including America, they became forced laborers on plantations.
Initially, in the American South, cotton was not "king." A key invention, however, changed that - with dramatically worse consequences for African-American slaves.
In addition to African-American History Month,
February, 2018, marks the 211th anniversary of Parliament's abolishing the unjust slave-trade law.
Tags : slave, trade, africa, slavery
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