Slavery

Buck Breaking: How Slave Masters Used Rape to Emasculate Enslaved African Men

Buck breaking is said to have originated during the Atlantic slave trade, primarily in the Caribbean. It emerged as a means of punishment for rebellious african male slaves, intended to crush their spirits and prevent future resistance

José Lopez da Moura: The Wealthiest Luso-African Slave Trader in 18th Century Sierra Leone

José Lopez da Moura was a notable figure in the 18th century Luso-African slave trade who operated in the region now known as Sierra Leone.

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...

Davy the Maroon: The Jamaican Slave Catcher Who Made a Living Chasing Runaway Slaves

Captain Davy was an eighteenth-century Maroon officer who gained notoriety by killing Coromantee Tacky (chief) of the tribe, the leader of Tacky's Revolt, the most dangerous slave rebellion in eighteenth-century Jamaica.

The Forgotten Legacy of Anton Wilhelm Amo: The Enslaved Ghanaian Who Was Gifted to a German Prince in 1707

Anton Wilhelm Amo, was a man of Ghanaian descent who was enslaved and later given as a gift to a German prince in 1707. Despite being a slave, Anton Wilhelm Amo rose to prominence as a philosopher and made important contributions to the field.

Tacky’s War: The Brutal Slave Rebellion that Shook the British Empire in the 18th Century

Tacky's Rebellion began on April 7, 1760, on the frontier of St. Mary Parish in Jamaica. Tacky and a group of followers, consisting of both men and women, organized a coordinated attack on several plantations, killing overseers and other white colonists, and freeing enslaved people.

The Easter Plot of 1802: The Foiled Slave Rebellion That Shook Virginia

The Sanchos rebellion, also known as the Easter Plot of 1802, was a significant event in the history of Virginia. It was a planned slave rebellion that was foiled before it could be executed, and it had a profound impact on the politics and society of the state.

Efunsetan Aniwura: the 19th Century Yoruba Slave Trader Who Was Killed by Her Slaves

Revered as a successful merchant and trader, Chief Ẹfúnṣetán Aníwúrà is famous for being arguably the most powerful slave trader in yoruba land in the 19th century

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.

Velekete Slave Market: The Marketplace Where African Chiefs Sold Enslaved People to European Slave Traders

The Velekete Slave Market served as a business point between African middlemen and European slave merchants and facilitated the forced migration of thousands of Africans to the Americas, where they were subjected to generations of enslavement and exploitation.
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Delphine LaLaurie: The Serial Killer Who Sadistically Tortured and Killed Her Slaves for Fun

Delphine LaLaurie was a prominent New Orleans socialite in the early 19th century who became infamous for the atrocities...