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The legacies of transatlantic slavery, key stage 5, post 16 and post 18

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Post 16, Post 18
  • Subjects: History
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 30
  • Venue: International Slavery Museum
  • Free

Summary

Students will be given an opportunity to explore the lasting history of transatlantic slavery through a variety of resources including objects, images and written sources. Allowing students to make links between the aftermath of slavery and the world today.

Further details

The legacies of transatlantic slavery are both complex and far-reaching. Transatlantic slavery was responsible for the forced migration of between 12 to 15 million people from Africa to the Americas from the middle of the 15th century to the end of the 19th century.

Guided by an experienced member of the museum’s education team, students explore the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade through a variety of resources including objects, images and written sources. The session is designed to encourage students to make the links between the aftermath of slavery and the world today.

Students work in groups to look at different aspects of the legacies of transatlantic slavery using artefacts to aid and deepen their understanding of this complex and difficult history.   

  • Britain after transatlantic slavery
  • America after transatlantic slavery
  • Africa after transatlantic slavery
  • Race and representation
  • Civil rights and activism

It is recommended that students have a basic understanding of transatlantic slavery before taking part in this session, obtained in the classroom or by spending time exploring the museum beforehand.

Curriculum links

This session has links to:

OCR History A level

Historical Themes, Section B

Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992

  • African Americans: their position in 1865 and the role of African Americans in gaining civil rights

AQA History A level

America: A Nation Divided, 1845–1877

  • The impact of the Emancipation Proclamation; the Thirteenth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment, the Ku Klux Klan;,the issue of voter registration, the position of African-Americans in North and South by 1877

The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007

  • Social developments: changing, social attitudes and tensions; attitudes to immigration; racial violence