Slavery – US History Crash Course
In which John Green teaches you about America’s “peculiar institution”, slavery. I wouldn’t really call it strange. I would tend more towards a horrible and depressing institution, but nobody asked me. John will talk about what a slave’s life was like in the United States in the 19th century and how slaves resisted oppression as far as possible. We will hear about cotton plantations, violent punishment of slaves, daily slave life, and slave uprisings. Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman and Whipped Peter all appear. Slavery as an institution is arguably the darkest part of American history, and we are still dealing with its consequences 150 years after it ended. Support CrashCourse on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/crashcourse
Hello teachers and students, check out CommonLit’s free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. Memories of former slaves like abolitionist Frederick Douglass provide an insightful context about the harsh realities of slavery: Chapter 1
Others resisted the violence of slavery through open revolt, such as Nat Turner: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/nat-turner-s-slave-revolt
Abolitionists and free slaves had to fight unfair laws such as the Volatile Slaves Act: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/fugitive-slave-act-of-1793.