HISTORY / FACTS :
- Statues, Monuments Connected to Slavery Are Removed - Text + Audio + Pictures
New Orleans has removed the first of four statues connected to the Confederacy. The Confederacy lost the Civil War, which took place from 1861-1865. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the Confederacy’s support of slavery means it does not deserve a place of honor in his Southern city."
"Slavery is the idea that a human is someone’s property, that he/she can be bought, sold and owned; and forced to work without being paid.
This concept has been around for thousands of years.
Read the article (you can also listen to the audio while you read). Next go to Task and do the activity." + Transcript.
"Workers in Bangladesh get paid as little as 5p an hour for making cheap chic clothes destined for UK chains, says a report.
The garments end up in Primark, Tesco and Asda's George range, according to anti-poverty group War on Want."
Forced to fish: Slavery on Thailand's trawlers - 23 January 2014
"Thailand is the third largest exporter of seafood in the world, supplying supermarkets in Europe and America, but it's accused of crewing fishing boats
with Burmese and Cambodian men who've been sold and forced to work as slaves."
The history of American slavery
"America's defining institution, as told through the lives of nine enslaved people...
This Slate Academy includes:
- A nine-episode podcast series
- Archival documents, essays, and bonus podcasts
- Book excerpts highlighting the research of leading scholars of American slavery
- Online meetups with your teachers and classmates
- Maybe even a chance for you to reflect on your studies in Slate"
- The Pakistani servant girl tortured to death - 11 January 2014
"The case of a 10-year-old girl in Pakistan's Punjab province, whose employers confessed to beating her to death last week, has highlighted concerns about child rights. The BBC's Saba Eitizaz reports on a case that shocked the nation."
- Halloween decorations carry haunting message of forced labor - 23 December 2012
"The letter came in a box of Halloween decorations purchased at Kmart, but for a year Julie Keith never knew...
"If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persecution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever."..."
- Human trafficking to UK 'rising'
"Trafficking gangs in China, Vietnam, Nigeria and eastern Europe now pose the biggest threat to the UK."
crime, street begging, illegal organ removals
The Underground Railroad "was an informal network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th century Black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists who were sympathetic to their cause. The term is also applied to the abolitionists who aided the fugitives. Other various routes led to Mexico or overseas. Created in the early nineteenth century, the Underground Railroad was at its height between 1850 and 1860. One estimate suggests that by 1850, 100,000 slaves had escaped via the "Railroad". Canada was a popular destination with over 30,000 people arriving there to escape enslavement via the network at its peak, though US Census figures only account for 6,000."
The Fugitive Slave Act and the Underground Railroad
"In 1899, Harriet Tubman purchased a home in Auburn, New York. Tubman, after escaping slavery, lead, on 15 trips to the South, hundreds of Blacks to freedom, via The Underground Railroad, in the North and Canada.
This webpage discusses the Underground Railroad (UGRR). It was the Fugitive Slave Act which increased the necessity of the UGRR."
Black Peoples of America - How Slaves Lived
"Africans sold as slaves in the Americas had to rely on their owners providing them with housing or building materials, pots and pans for cooking and eating, food and clothing. Many slaves did the best they could with what they were given. Most did not dare complain for fear of receiving a whipping or worse punishment."
in NEW YORK (slaveryinnewyork.org)
NY Historical Society's exhibit on the years before NY abolition in
"The Education section provides materials written
for middle school children that include a teacher's guide, informational articles, fact sheet, glossary,
photo cards, life stories, and more."
- Learn about the History of Slavery
around the world
"Activities, puzzles and project ideas to boost the study of Slavery."