Slave Trade

A Forgotten History: The Slave Trade and Slavery in New England

The fact that thousands of enslaved people lived in New England rarely makes it into U.S. history textbooks. This curriculum unit explores the nature of the triangular trade and the extent of slavery in New England. Using readings, primary sources, and simulations, students uncover the effects of the slave trade and slavery for Americans and explore how history, and the telling of history, affects us today.

Introduction: Slavery in the North

Part I: New England and the African Slave Trade

Part II: Slavery and Abolitionism in New England

Epilogue: "Freedom" in the North

Slave Trade: Videos for Lessons

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