Topic: African Americans

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Taxation No Tyranny

Samuel Johnson, author of the famous dictionary, was one of many English critics who noted that Americans, who were so protective of their own liberties were often slaveowners....
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The Lives & Experiences of Enslaved Laborers at Monticello

Students will become more knowledgeable and empathetic of enslaved people living at Monticello under Thomas Jefferson. Students will study primary source accounts and interact with a virtual map...
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The Old Plantation

This painting shows slaves dancing on a southern plantation. African music and dance traditions survived in America, where they also influenced the culture of southern whites. In real...
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To Be Sold

Colonial newspapers frequently published advertisements announcing slave auctions. The enslaved people mentioned in this advertisement were captured on the west coast of Africa, a region that provided a...
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To the British Settlements in America upon Slave-keeping

In this 1773 pamphlet, Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia condemned slavery as morally wrong. He also insisted that the continued existence of slavery endangered the liberty and prosperity of...
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Tobacco Houses

This print shows how tobacco was produced and marketed. The leaves were picked, sorted, dried, placed in barrels, and then inspected and sold at a public warehouse. On...
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Tobacco Label

Tobacco labels appeared on packages of tobacco or snuff. Within a decade of Virginia’s founding, tobacco was the colony’s major export. This label reflects stereotypes about the enslaved...