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Slavery: Slave Trade

These sites provide information on the slave trade that involved the United States and Africa. See maps of the sailing routes and read first-hand accounts of slave life. Take part in a simulated slave auction. There are links to eThemes Resources on slavery during the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Underground Railroad.


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This website includes images, maps, and texts including articles on the transatlantic slave trade.
This site includes information on the slave trade.
This student-created website includes information on the Middle Passage slave trade and the top reasons that slaves died on the voyage.
This database includes information on over 35,000 slave trade voyages.
This is an interactive timeline which provides brief descriptions of landmarks in black histroy including African Americans who made a difference.
Narratives and photos from the Library of Congress of African Americans who had been slaves. Be sure to read the narratives before using them with a class due to sensitive language.
Learn about a slave from Africa and his experiences through his own writing. "Witness a Slave Auction" lets you interact with this scene and its characters.
This PBS site tells about the history of African Americans. Click on "The Terrible Transformation" then "Narrative" to learn about the slave trade, captured Africans, and slave traders.
This site tells about West Africa and its involvement with the slave trade. Read diary entries of Africans as they reflect on the slave trade in their countries.
This site provides a good overview of slavery in the U.S., the triange trade route, and the type of work slaves did.
This site takes a look at the case what Africans who were captured as slaves then killed the captain to try and escape.
Watch a movie about the history of slavery in America, then take the quiz. NOTE: This site is available by subscription only.
This ThinkQuest site explains the slave trade by the Portuguese, Dutch, French, and English that was in effect before America joined in.
These sites contain information about the Civil War and slavery. Learn about the inception of American slavery, the life of a slave, the Underground Railroad, the Missouri Compromise, and the John Brown raid. See currency from the Confederacy with slaves on it. Includes links to other eThemes on the Civil War.
These sites are about the Underground Railroad movement that helped runaway slaves escape to Canada. Learn about Harriet Tubman and other influential leaders. Listen to songs and read the lyrics that secretly told the escape route. Play a game that allows you to face the same decisions the runaway slaves faced. Includes maps and historic photographs, plus a link to an eThemes Resource on the slave trade.
These sites contain information about the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863. See the actual document and read about its impact on slavery and the Civil War. Includes a timeline with important events. There are links to eThemes Resources on slavery during the Civil War, the slave trade, and the Underground Railroad.

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