A Forgotten History: The Slave Trade and Slavery in New England explores the nature of the triangular trade and the extent of slavery in New England. It discusses the effects of the trade in slaves and of slavery itself for the new Americans of the time, helping students to understand how history, and the telling of history, affects us today.
Online Resources from the Choices Program
Videos featuring experts—professors, policy makers, journalists, activists, and artists—answering questions that complement the readings and lessons.
Slavery Connects the North and the South
This online lesson plan is excerpted from A Forgotten History: The Slave Trade and Slavery in New England.
The Impact of Race in American History
As part of a Summer Institute at Brown University, participating teachers worked in groups to develop supplemental lesson plans addressing the legacy of race in American history, drawing on the scholarship shared at the institute. These units are available from this site.
- All Men are Created Equal Except...
- Us & Them: Immigration and the Construction of Race
- Race and the United States Constitution
- The African-American Experience During the Vietnam Conflict
- How Does the U.S. Patriot Act Approach Race?
- Early American Immigration and Race
- Weighing the Pros and Cons of Racial Profiling
- Interpreting Quotes from Native Americans and European Americans (1790s-1820s)
Online Resources from Brown University
Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice
Brown University's research and education committee investigating the university's ties to slave trading and other topics.
The interactive Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database contains more than 34,000 individual slaving expeditions between 1514 and 1866.
Library of Congress online exhibition with graphics, primary sources, and historical narrative.
Eyes of Glory
Explores the history of blacks in Newport, Rhode Island.
Several hundred images relating to the slave trade, including maps, housed at the University of Virginia
Documents, images, and history tracing one girl's journey from Africa to America, and her descendant's return visit to Sierra Leone
Slavery and the Making of America
Timelines, resources, narratives, and lesson plans associated with the PBS television series.
Slavery in New York
The New York Historical Society's exhibition includes online resources and educational materials.
Traces of The Trade
Describes the upcoming feature documentary about the DeWolf family of Bristol, Rhode Island, the largest slave-trading family in the United States.
Voyage of the Slave Ship Sally
Brown University has collected and digitized historical documents pertaining to the voyage of the slave ship Sally in 1764-65 using an interface that encourages exploration of the historical, economic, and social context.
Anne Farrow, Anne, Joel Lang, and Jenifer Frank (of The Hartford Courant): Complicity -- How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited From Slavery,'' (New York: Ballantine Books)
Cottrol, Robert, ed. From African to Yankee: Narratives of Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum New England (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1998) 222 pages.
Coughtry, Jay. The Notorious Triangle: Rhode Island and the African Slave Trade, 1700-1807 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1981) 285 pages.
Greene, Lorenzo J. The Negro in Colonial New England, 1620-1776 (Port Washington, NY: Kennikat Press, 1966) 404 pages.
Horton, James, and Lois Horton. In Hope of Liberty: Culture, Community, and Protest Among Northern Free Blacks, 1700-1860 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997) 340 pages.
Litwack, Leon F. North of Slavery: The Negro in the Free States, 1790-1860 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961) 319 pages.
Melish, Joanne Pope. Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and "Race" in New England, 1780-1860 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998) 285 pages.
Rappleye, Charles. Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006) 352 pages.
Sweet, John Wood. Bodies Politic: Negotiating Race in the American North, 1730-1830 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) 409 pages.
Zilversmit, Arthur. The First Emancipation: The Abolition of Slavery in the North (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967) 243 pages.