Slavery Questions and Answers
If slavery began in the United States in 1619, why did it take 200 years for it to become such a divisive issue? What specific events helped to make slavery an issue of public debate? Why do you think people were able, in their own minds, to justify slavery?
In the Middle Passage, what were the conditions like aboard the ships as they crossed the Atlantic Ocean?
How had the institution of slavery changed during the 19th Century relative to its beginnings in the 17th Century?
Explain if you think that there are differences between the captures of Olaudah Equiano and Venture Smith.
Briefly compare the experiences of Venture Smith and Oluadah Equiano with the first hand account by Alexander Falconbridge.
What are the causes and consequences of the slave trade? I need to write a short essay on causes and consequences.
Explain why Northern whites who opposed slavery and Southern whites who supported slavery both believed they were fighting to defend liberty.
Why did the institution of slavery command the loyalty of the vast majority of ante-bellum whites, despite the fact that only a small percentage of them owned slaves?
Why were slave rebellions in the North American English colonies so infrequent to those in the South American and Caribbean colonies?
How would you feel as an African who had been captured to be sold as a slave? Imagine that you have been captured by surprise by a neighboring West African tribe. You have been sold to white men who are leading you and your family toward big ships. You have heard about the slave trade and the Transatlantic crossing, but you never thought it would happen to you. Tell what happened when you were captured by a neighboring tribe. How did you feel being betrayed by people so much like yourself? How do you feel toward the men who put you in shackles? How are they treating you? What do you expect? What do you fear? Do you have the will to survive?
Slavery and liberty were the two most frequently used terms in the debate over freedom. How did they apply to the political rights of white property owners, but then mean something entirely different when referring to African-Americans held as property?
In The South Vindicated from the Treason and Fanaticism of the Northern Abolitionists, why is slavery seen as a positive institution, especially compared with industrial workers in the North?
Jesus Christ’s commandment to “love thy neighbor as thyself” is antithetical to slavery. Yet many slaveholders were Christian. How did they reconcile Jesus’ admonition with slavery?
Slavery in the Modern Age Why do you think slavery has continued in one fashion or another, somewhere in the world, into the 21st century?
What can be learned about the lives of enslaved African Americans from Solomon Northrup's narrative, Life and Labor on a Cotton Plantation and Frederick Douglass' Whipping Slaves?
Are there similiarities between the two sources Solomon Northrup's narrative, Life and Labor on a Cotton Plantation and Frederick Douglass' Whipping Slaves?
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