Slave Essay Topics

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

In addressing the meaning of Independence Day to African American slaves, Frederick Douglass composed a response which offers a brilliant mix of vitriolic condemnation and keen, documented evidence. The target of Douglass’ impassioned eloquence is American hypocrisy and social injustice; the object of the speech and pamphlet is to challenge what Douglass regards as instutionalized… View Article

Native American/European Slave Trade

A North American conception of slavery often begins and ends with the forced captivity of Africans. However, slave trading took root in many parts of the world over centuries. In particular, the eras of exploration and colonialism brought the institution of slavery to the forefront of world culture. As Europeans arrived in the Americas in… View Article

A Runaway Slave on the Underground Railroad

The heat here is terrible. Sticky, thick heat that sticks to your skin and clothes and makes it hard to breathe. The mosquitoes only make it worse. They don’t even wait for nightfall to come out anymore, but buzz around all day and torment us out in the cotton fields. I’ve got welts from their… View Article

Black Slave Owners in the South

As with the accounts by Nichols (1863), when people think of the slavery period in American history, it is normally assumed that the slave owner was white and the slave black. This was true in many cases but the number of free black slave owners was actually higher than most people realize. Black slave owner… View Article

The Slave Community

The book “The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South” by John Blassingame is among the first books that present the history of South slavery from the perspective of enslaved people. The book is argued to challenge conventional thinking confirming that African American slaves were not submissive, docile and morally depressed. Instead, Blassingame tends… View Article

The Scramble For Africa

After the Berlin conference, European powers occupied and colonized areas in Africa, in order to gain resources. But many Africans weren’t too happy with the idea of the Europeans coming in and controlling them. During the scramble of Africa, the actions and reactions of Africans was that some surrendered their territory and control over to… View Article

Trade and the Columbian Exchange

Trade and the Columbian Exchange greatly affected the world between 1450 CE and 1750 CE. The Columbian Exchange helped to link the Americas, Africa, and Europe, while huge international trade networks aided in shaping the world. In these trade networks, the spice, silver, slave, and sugar trades were especially important in affecting the world. The… View Article