Plan and Sections of a Slave Ship
Carl Bernhard Wadstrom "An Essay..." 1794
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Captives from Africa were transported in ships, such as the ones in the diagram. Anyone working or living at or around a seaport anywhere in the colonies was exposed to slavers coming into port with cargoes of enslaved Africans for sale. Enslaved people were taken from the boats and sold for auction on public streets. For most of the eighteenth century, this took place in both the northern and southern colonies. But people who had never bought or owned a slave profited from this steady stream of incoming captive Africans as well.
The Next Electronic Field Trip
is The Slave Trade
February 14, 2013
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Pinterest for Education
Are you on Pinterest, the popular visual-bookmarking and sharing site? Pinterest allows you to "pin" images and webpages to a virtual “board,” which can be private, shared with friends, or viewable by the public. Many people use it for event planning, craft ideas, recipes, and hobbies, but it’s a great tool to share teaching ideas! Search the site to see what others have pinned. Follow users or boards you find most helpful. Create boards of your own to collect lesson ideas and activity instructions—for yourself or to share with other teachers, whether in your school or across the country. This post from the Technology Enhanced Learning Blog contains a variety of examples of how Pinterest can be useful for teachers, and links to videos and infographics explaining this growing trend.
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02/18: President's Day with the Washingtons
02/25: Changing Keys Exhibit
February vodcast: Steadfast SpiritsAfrican American women in the Revolutionary City
The Idea of America
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Join us March 1 at noon Eastern for a live webcast! In American Ideals: Steadfast Spirits, eighteenth-century woman Lydia Broadnax discusses with modern historians her rise from slave to business owner and how African American women have gained rights over the centuries. Chat with us and join the discussion. #connectcw
In the eighteenth century, just like today, the ocean was crowded with ships transporting goods from one continent to another. While some carried sugar, rum, guns, and an array of other trade goods, others carried human cargo from Africa. While it is well known that white Americans in the southern colonies (and later, states) enjoyed great economic benefits from slavery, it is less well known that even in the northern colonies where there were far fewer slaves, white Americans still benefited from this inhumane system. In this lesson, students will explore these connections between slavery and products across the colonies.
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Quotation of the Month
"WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22. IN CONVENTION. Art VII sect 4. [1, 2] resumed. Mr. SHERMAN was for leaving the clause as it stands. He disapproved of the slave trade; yet as the States were now possessed of the right to import slaves, as the public good did not require it to be taken from them, & as it was expedient to have as few objections as possible to the proposed scheme of Government, he thought it best to leave the matter as we find it. He observed that the abolition of Slavery seemed to be going on in the U. S. & that the good
sense of the several States would probably by degrees compleat it. He
urged on the Convention the necessity of despatching its business.
—James Madison's notes on the debates in the federal convention of 1787
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