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The Slave Trade & Its Abolition


Students will learn about the development of the slave trade in the Americas from 1503, when the first slaves were brought to the Caribbean, to its abolition throughout the British Empire. This shameful story shows that slaving was a lucrative trade. For hundreds of years even devout Christians saw nothing wrong with it. Hands-on-history documents graphically depict the evils of the trade β€” See how slaves were jammed side-by-side on the ship Brookes, read ads selling slaves, and find how the world dealt with slavery. Historian: John Langdon-Davies. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

  • Slavery
  • How It Began
  • The Middle Passage
  • The Plantations
  • The Men with a Conscience
  • Why Did It Take So Long?
Historical Documents
  • A plan of the slaving ship Brookes prepared by the Wilberforce Committee β€œto give the spectator an idea of the sufferings of the Africans in the middle passage.”
  • William Wilberforce by Sir Thomas Lawrence.
  • A bill advertising a West Indian slave auction in 1829.
  • Selected pages from the Journal of John Newton.
  • A remonstrance from the Council and Assembly of Jamaica to the House of Commons on the subject of the slave trade, 1789.
  • Accounts of the numbers of negroes delivered to the islands of Barbados, Jamaica and Antigua for the years 1698-1701. In 1698 the monopoly in the African trade was abolished. In 1708 the Royal African Company tried, without success, to regain it. The government took a ten per cent levy from the trade.
  • Views of slavery from cartoons of 1790, 1830 and 1832.
  • Sold into slavery: scenes from slave life.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities

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