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.
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 this history 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 five small groups to look at different aspects of the legacies of transatlantic slavery:
Each group uses different sets of artefacts to aid and deepen their understanding of this complex and difficult history.
The museum educator guides the discussion through strategic questioning that encourages the students to focus, observe, and interpret the objects for themselves. During the session the students’ confidence in handling objects, their visual literacy and critical thinking skills are developed. 'Legacies of transatlantic slavery' also enables students to develop presentation skills as groups present their findings and students listen and learn from each other.
This unique learning experience illustrates the massive impact of transatlantic slavery on the world and the ways it still impacts on many lives. It is a session unique to the International Slavery Museum. The approaches used in this session enable students to develop a deeper understanding of Fundamental British Values. 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.
The content of this session has links to:
The USA 1945–1974: The People and the State
Civil Rights in the USA 1954–1964
Paper 1: Understanding the modern world
Section A America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality
Paper 2: Shaping the Nation
Section A Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day
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