Academic journal article Social Education

Q&A about Slavery in the United States: See If You Can Find the Answers to the Four Questions below by Searching in Books in the Library. A Few Sources Are Cited below, but Many Other Books on Slavery Will Contain the Answers

Academic journal article Social Education

Q&A about Slavery in the United States: See If You Can Find the Answers to the Four Questions below by Searching in Books in the Library. A Few Sources Are Cited below, but Many Other Books on Slavery Will Contain the Answers

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(1.) In 1839, the captives aboard the slave ship Amistad mutinied, killing the captain and taking control of the ship. Under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, the mutineers attempted to sail the ship to Africa, where they had formerly been flee men. They wound up, however, in the United States, where they had to fight in court for their freedom. When their case reached the U.S. Supreme Court, a former president of the United States volunteered to join and lead the defense team. Who was this lawyer?

(2.) President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, an event that is sometimes remembered, mistakenly, as the end of the institution of slavery. The emancipation only freed "all persons held as slaves within any state ... in rebellion against the United States," which meant in the Confederate states. Thus, slaves were not freed in Missouri, Kentucky, Delaware, Maryland, or West Virginia -- slave states that fought on the side of the Union. What law formally freed all slaves living in the United States?

(3.) England's North American colonies received less than 5 percent of the total number of Africans who were shipped across the Atlantic Ocean to be slaves. Slavery was part of a large economic system based on cash crops raised in Brazil, Central America, and the West Indies, as well as North America. Spain and Portugal were the first nations to bring African slaves to the New World, but were soon joined by other European nations. …

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