Slavery in the US

African Kingdoms that Actively Participated in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

While European slave traders were the driving force behind this brutal system, they were not the only participants. African societies also played a role in the capture, sale, and transport of enslaved people.

Drapetomania: Enslaved Africans Fleeing Captivity Was Once Considered a Mental Disorder

Drapetomania was a conjectural mental illness that, in 1851, American physician Samuel A. Cartwright hypothesized as the cause of enslaved Africans fleeing captivity. The concept of Drapetomania was proposed by Dr. Samuel A. Cartwright, an American physician, in the mid-19th...

Doctor Caesar: The Enslaved African Who Was Freed in Exchange for Revealing His Poison Antidote in South Carolina in 1750

Caesar was an enslaved African man who made a name for himself as a gifted healer in colonial South Carolina during the mid-18th century. His expertise proved to be particularly valuable when he discovered an antidote for poisons and...

Samuel Green, the Abolitionist Who Was Convicted for Possessing a Copy of an Anti-slavery Novel

Samuel Green was an African-American self-emancipated abolitionist who was jailed in 1857 for possessing a copy of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Negro Dogs: How Vicious Dogs Were Used To Track, Attack, And Capture Runaway Slaves

The use of highly trained, strong and aggressive Dog breeds like the bloodhounds and Dogo Cubano aka 'Negro Dog' to track, attack, and capture runaway slaves was a common practice in America during the slavery era.

The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on African Slaves by White Doctors

During the days of slavery, doctors looking for Human subject research always went for black slave bodies. They were the best options for two reasons, they were easily accessible and their lives were deemed worthless.

Anti-amalgamation Law of 1664, the Law That Prohibited Interracial Marriages in US

The Anti-Amalgamation law of 1664 was a law passed in the colony of Maryland that prohibited interracial marriages between European colonists and enslaved Africans.

The Great Slave Auction of 1859: The Largest Single Sale of Enslaved Africans in U.S History

The Great Slave Auction of 1859 also called the weeping time was a significant event in American history, as it marked the last large-scale sale of enslaved people in the United States.

Slave Breeding in the US: How Enslaved Africans were Bred Like Livestock in the 19th Century

Slave breeding was a practice that occurred in the antebellum United States, in which slave owners would breed enslaved Africans for the purpose of increasing their economic value as property

Samuel Burris, the Abolitionist Who Was Imprisoned for Helping Slaves Escape to Freedom in the 19th Century

Samuel D. Burris was a prominent figure in the abolitionist movement in the United States during the mid-19th century.
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South Carolina Negro Act of 1740: The Code that Prohibited Enslaved Africans from Learning to Read

Passed by the South Carolina Assembly on the 10th of May, 1740, the Negro Act was a comprehensive set...