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Interactive video lesson plan for: The Atlantic Slave Trade: Crash Course World History #24

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In which John Green teaches you about one of the least funny subjects in history: slavery. John investigates when and where slavery originated, how it changed over the centuries, and how Europeans and colonists in the Americas arrived at the idea that people could own other people based on skin color.

Slavery has existed as long as humans have had civilization, but the Atlantic Slave Trade was the height, or depth, of dehumanizing, brutal, chattel slavery. American slavery ended less than 150 years ago. In some parts of the world, it is still going on. So how do we reconcile that with modern life? In a desperate attempt at comic relief, Boba Fett makes an appearance.

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7 questions

1. From 1500-1880 how many Africans were forcibly moved to the Americas? (00:00:46)

2. What percentage of Africans died during the forced trans-Atlantic trip to the Americas? (00:00:50)

3. How did European slave traders obtain African slaves to bring to the Americas? (00:02:35)

4. On average how many square feet did a slave have to exist in on a slave ship? (00:03:08)

5. How did slave owners mark their slaves as property once they had purchased them? (00:03:24)

6. What was the average life expantancy for a Brazilian slave on a sugar plantation? (00:04:29)

7. Explain how the comparatively better living conditions of US slaves as compared to Brazilian slaves created a negative outcome for slaves. (00:05:04)

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