The Slave Trade

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When studying the slave trade in early American and world history, use this document to expose your learners to the abhorrent conditions that existed on slave ships. Read through two first-person accounts of the enslavement process, including capture, and the actual grueling journey on a slave ship.

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  • Make sure students understand the framework for the introduction, which begins abruptly and is worded a bit awkwardly
  • Use discretion, as references to modern sexual exploitation of children may be inappropriate for younger classrooms