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Slavery in the US

Nat Turner, the Preacher Who Led a Slave Rebellion in Virginia in 1831

Nat Turner was an enslaved African-American preacher who led a rebellion of enslaved and free Black people in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831.

Omar Ibn Sayyid, the Fula Islamic Scholar Who Was Captured and Sold in the United States in 1807

Omar ibn Sayyid was a Fula Islamic scholar from Futa Toro in Senegal, who was enslaved and transported to the United States in 1807.

Fenda Lawrence, the African Slave Trader Who Relocated to the US in the 18th Century

Fenda Lawrence was an African slave trader who operated in the Saloum town of Kaur in present-day Senegal.

Margaret Garner, the Runaway Slave Who Killed Her Own Daughter Rather Than Return Her to Slavery

Margaret Garner was an enslaved African-American who killed her own daughter rather than allow the child to be returned to slavery.

‘Hit the Nigg*r Baby’ – How African-Americans Were Used as Human Targets in the 1880s

The African Dodger, also known as "Hit the Nigger Baby" was a very popular game in local fairs, carnivals, and circuses in the United States from the 1880s up to the 1960s.

Slave Brokerage: How Early U.S. Newspapers Facilitated The Sales And Purchase Of Slaves

In the earliest history of US stock brokerage, one stock stood out both in nature and the revenue it generated – humans. The more preferred name for the merchandise was slave, and the stock market were the first US newspapers

How Enslaved Black Women Resisted Slave Breeding By Using Cotton Roots as Contraceptives

Throughout the antebellum era, slave breeding was a highly profitable investment. Slaves were scarce. The cheap labor they provided in plantations wasn’t cheap anymore and slave children sold like wildfire. The couple of years following the prohibition of slave importation...

Issac Woodard: the African-American Veteran Who Was Attacked and Blinded by Police Officers in 1946

Isaac Woodard Jr. was a decorated World War II veteran who was brutally beaten and blinded while still on uniform on February 12, 1946, just hours after he was honorably discharged from the United States Army.

Ellen and William Craft: the Black Couple Who Disguised Their Way Out of Slavery

The Ellen and William Crafts’ story remains a testimonial to the intelligence, and courage many African-American slaves brought to their determination to be free from enslavement.

Ayuba Suleiman: on His Way to Sell His Slaves, This African Royal Was Abducted and Sold Into Slavery in 1730

Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, also known as Job Ben Solomon, was a prominent Fulani Muslim prince from West Africa who was kidnapped by the Mandinkas and shipped to the Americas during the Atlantic slave trade.
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Abushiri, the East African Slave Trader Who Was Hanged for Fighting Against German Colonialism

Abushiri, was a wealthy merchant and slave-owning plantation owner who is known for Revolting against the German East Africa Company in present-day Tanzania.