Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Penn State Joins Efforts to Research Era of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Penn State Joins Efforts to Research Era of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade - the forced migration of approximately 12 million people, and the death of many more in war and captivity, over the course of 400 years - changed the face of the world, creating the Western Hemisphere we know today with its legacy of racial problems. Six out of every seven persons who crossed the Atlantic to take up life in the Americas in the 300 years before the American Revolution were African slaves.

Penn State's George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center is leading the university's efforts as one of five institutions involved with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a multinational collaboration devoted to research on and better teaching about the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

The project, "Breaking the Silence: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Education Project," links more than 200 public schools in 21 countries around the Atlantic Rim to promote better teaching of the slave trade, abolition, African culture, the endurance of slavery and racism, and to foster the search for reconciliation around this chapter of American and world history.

"Tragic as is this narrative, the peopling of the Americas offers more than a story of cruelty and despair," says the Richards Center Director William Blair, associate professor of history at Penn State. …

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