Slaves and Slave Owners Story Briefs

When the "New World" needed cheap labor for its plantations, slave traders kidnapped Africans from their home villages. A "triangle trade" system forever changed the lives of an entire people. Explore this collection to learn what those slaves endured, and discover stories of other types of slavery such as forced labor camps in the Soviet GULAG.

Solomon Northup, a free black, is listed as a slave called "Plat Hamilton" on this manifest for the brig Orleans.

Six days after the United States elected Abraham Lincoln to serve as America''s 16th President, South Carolina held a meeting to endorse a call from t...

Image of a drawing, created by Lt.

Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin at the Mulberry Grove Plantation. The gin makes growing cotton much easier, on southern plantations, directly leadi...

This image depicts From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909.

American slaves endured long work hours, bad living conditions and whippings.

Group of Starving African Men and Boys Removed from a Captured Dhow.

When kidnappers capture Africans, intending to make them slaves, they use shackles (among other things) to bind them.

This drawing - entitled Africans on Board the Slave Bark Wildfire, April 30, 1860 - was published in Harper's Weekly on the 2nd of June, 1860.

A pro-Southern political cartoon intended to show that American slaves were better-off than British workers.

Since it became America's capital city, circa 1800, Washington City had slaves. This compendium includes laws impacting slavery in the District.

This image appears in "A Picture of Slavery, for Youth," by Jonathan Walker. It depicts events occurring in America.

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