The Atlantic slave trade

The Atlantic slave trade: Crash Course World History # 24

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In which John Green teaches you about one of the least fun topics in history: slavery. John examines when and where slavery originated, how it has changed over the centuries, and how Europeans and colonists on the American continent came up with the idea that humans could own other people based on their skin color.

Slavery has existed since time immemorial, but the Atlantic slave trade was the culmination or depth of dehumanization, brutality and slavery. American slavery ended less than 150 years ago. In some parts of the world this is still the case. How do we reconcile this with modern life? In a desperate attempt at comic relief, Boba Fett appears.

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28 thoughts on “The Atlantic slave trade: Crash Course World History # 24”

  1. The widespread brutality of slavery is abolitionist propaganda. Slaves were property. If you're a business owner are you going to damage your property? When Black people got out of slavery they were not property anymore. They were expendable and they were treated as such. Widespread lynching, attacks on Black communities, chain gangs, forced in prisons, robbed of their rights and privileges, destroyed their property or robbed of their property etc. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE.

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