Slavery in the US

Whipped Peter: The Photograph That Exposed the Brutality of American Slavery

Gordon, also known as "Whipped Peter," was a former enslaved man who became famous for being the subject of photographs that revealed the extensive scarring on his back from the brutal whippings he endured during slavery.

Abdul Rahman Ibrahima: The Fulani Prince Who Was Enslaved in the United States for 40 Years

Abdul Rahman Ibrahima was a Fulani prince from the Fouta Djallon region of Guinea, who was captured and sold into slavery in 1788. After spending 40 years enslaved in the United States, he was freed in 1828 and returned to Africa.

Ellen and William Craft: The Black Couple Who Escaped Slavery by Disguising Themselves

The plan, devised by William, was to utilize Ellen's appearance and have her disguise herself as a wealthy white man traveling with his male slave, William.

Joice Heth: The Enslaved African Who Was Exhibited in Circuses as George Washington’s Childhood Nurse

Joice Heth was an enslaved African woman who found herself thrust into the spotlight as she was exhibited as the purported childhood nurse of George Washington, the first President of the United States.

Remembering the Elaine Massacre of 1919: America’s Bloodiest Racial Conflict that Targeted Black Americans

The Elaine massacre, which took place from September 30 to October 2, 1919, at Hoop Spur near Elaine in rural Phillips County, Arkansas, stands as one of the most brutal racial confrontations in American history.

Tuskegee Syphilis Study: The US Government’s Infamous 40-Year Experiment on African Americans

For 40 years, from 1932 to 1972, the United States government conducted a controversial and unethical experiment known as the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. This study targeted a vulnerable population - African American men - and exploited their trust, resulting in tragic consequences.

Anti-literacy Laws in the United States Once Prevented Blacks from Getting an Education

Fearing that black literacy would prove a threat to the slave system, whites in many colonies instituted laws forbidding slaves to learn to read or write and making it a crime for others to teach them.

Lena Baker: The Black Maid Who Was Sentenced to the Electric Chair for Defending Herself Against her Rapist Employer

Lena Baker was an African American maid in Cuthbert, Georgia, USA, who was unfairly convicted of killing her white rapist employer, Ernest Knight. In 1945, she was executed by electrocution, making her the only woman in Georgia's history to have been put to death in this manner.

Gabriel’s Rebellion: The Slave Rebellion That Was Betrayed by Two Enslaved Informants

Gabriel's Rebellion was a significant event in American history, representing a courageous attempt by enslaved Africans to secure their freedom in the face of oppressive bondage. However, the rebellion was ultimately thwarted by the actions of two enslaved informants who betrayed Gabriel and his followers.

Isabella Gibbons: The African Woman Enslaved by Professors at the University of Virginia

Isabella Gibbons, born around 1836, holds a significant place in history as an African woman who endured the hardships of slavery while working as a cook at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
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