African American History

Addressing topics from the Transatlantic Slave Trade to present day

Enslavement & The Transatlantic Slave TradeReproduction of a handbill advertising a slave auction, in Charleston, South Carolina.

"The Middle Passage and the transatlantic slave trade are conventionally regarded as one event, an event that was ended by the mid-19th-century activities of the British and American governments. However, this view fails to acknowledge that the Middle Passage continued to be used by the slave trade after legislation prohibited it in 1807 and 1830. Slave traders continued throughout the 19th century to refine their methods for ever greater profits by sacrificing the health and lives of the millions of Africans who were brought to the Americas"

- From "Middle Passage" in the Encyclopedia of Black Studies 

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Linked below are websites, online exhibits, and other digital collections with resources on topics related to African American history in the US

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Source: "What was the Transatlantic Slave Trade?" by HistoryHub, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

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Sources used on this page:

Keita, M. (2005). Middle Passage. In M. K. Asante & A. Mazama (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Black Studies (pp. 330-333). SAGE Reference.

"Slave Auction Ad Ausschnitt" by Wwbread is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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