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The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes

World  (tags: Slave trade, Atlantic ocean, Brazil, slave ships, Africa, North America, South America, carribean )

- 720 days ago -
This interactive, gives you a sense of the scale of the trans-Atlantic slave trade across time, as well as the flow of transport and eventual destinations. 315 years. 20,528 voyages. Millions of lives.


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fly bird (26)
Monday July 3, 2017, 8:56 pm
"What to the Slave is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech

Published on Jul 3, 2015 - In a Fourth of July holiday special, we begin with the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro." He was addressing the Rochester Ladies Antislavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn’s acclaimed book, "Voices of a People’s History of the United States." He was introduced by Zinn.

fly bird (26)
Monday July 3, 2017, 9:12 pm
"What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July" .

Published on May 21, 2015

"What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July" · Ossie Davis

A Voice Ringing O'er the Gale! The Oratory of Frederick Douglass Read by Ossie Davis

Text, in full:

Thanks, Dandelion.
(unable to hyperlink, sorry)

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday July 3, 2017, 10:47 pm
Excellent read, Dandelion.

Also, hyperlinked all the stuff posted by Jess, to make it easier for folks to access, and share:

"What to the Slave is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech
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Sorry about that.

“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”
Frederick Douglass
July 5, 1852

Dawnie W (250)
Monday July 3, 2017, 11:51 pm
💙💜Noted...Very interesting information. A very good read indeed. 💙💜Thank you...Dandelion.💙💜

😉💜ღ 💙Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ😺💜L💙ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all💜😺Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ღ💙😉

Scooby Snacks (95)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 2:09 am

In May 1772, Lord Mansfield's judgement in the Somersett's Case emancipated a slave in England, which helped launch the movement to abolish slavery.. The case ruled that slavery was unsupported by law in England and no authority could be exercised on slaves entering English or Scottish soil. In 1785, English poet William Cowper wrote:

We have no slaves at home – Then why abroad?
Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs
Receive our air, that moment they are free.
They touch our country, and their shackles fall.
That's noble, and bespeaks a nation proud.
And jealous of the blessing. Spread it then,
And let it circulate through every vein.

By 1783, an anti-slavery movement to abolish the slave trade throughout the Empire had begun among the British public. In 1793 Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada John Graves Simcoe signed the Act Against Slavery. Passed by the local Legislative Assembly, it was the first legislation to outlaw the slave trade in a part of the British Empire.

In 1808, Parliament passed the Slave Trade Act of 1807, which outlawed the slave trade, but not slavery itself. The Royal Navy established the West Africa Squadron to suppress the Atlantic slave trade by patrolling the coast of West Africa. It did suppress the slave trade, but did not stop it entirely. Between 1808 and 1860, the West Africa Squadron captured 1,600 slave ships and freed 150,000 Africans. They resettled many in Jamaica and the Bahamas. Britain also used its influence to coerce other countries to agree treaties to end their slave trade and allow the Royal Navy to seize their slave ships.

Animae C (509)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 3:33 am
Horrible, i know!

Tania N (883)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 3:40 am
Thank you for sharing

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 4:45 am

Robert O (12)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 8:15 am
It's difficult to put into words how horrible the slave trade is and the negative profound impact it has on countless lives.

Thanks Dandelion.

Winn Adams (179)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 8:41 am

Janis K (129)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 10:39 am
Thanks for sharing this Dandelion

Marija Mohoric (25)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 11:37 am
Thank you Dandelion.

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 2:23 pm
Robert said it perfectly. Thanks Dandelion

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 2:24 pm
The animated map is brilliant and stunning.

I'm sharing it

And Scooby - ***************************** for the additional info

Joanne Dixon (37)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 3:01 pm
Of course the Triangle Trade was only a minor part of the whole story, but it was horrifying enough. I have never heard anything more powerfully emotive than "Molasses to Rum to Slaves" on the subject -

Janet B (0)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 6:49 pm

Freya H (345)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 6:58 pm
This map clearly shows the rape of Africa by white Europeans. It is shameful when human beings are regarded as nothing but a resource. Unfortunately, we are returning to that same attitude, though in a different way, with our country's plutocracy.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday July 4, 2017, 11:18 pm
Slavery still exists, and is well and truly alive . . much to the disgust of most of us.

The British and American empires, such as their phony illusion of freedom is, WAS and IS built on the exploitation of other countries, and the resultant workforces, who have to suffer the indignity of a dearth of wages and worker rights, whilst employers get rich off of them.

Margie F (148)
Wednesday July 5, 2017, 12:55 am
It was shocking, and to an extent still is.

Arild Warud (174)
Wednesday July 5, 2017, 4:26 am
Slave trading past still haunts Norway
Very few European Countries have clean hands in this dirty business.

Tamie R (0)
Wednesday July 5, 2017, 4:49 am
Read and noted. It is amazing that there are any peoples left on the African Continent. Our ancestors did not treat each other well!

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 5, 2017, 5:27 am
Thank you Jess for starting off the thread in the spirit it was intended as I had placed something on C2 from a point of the Native American as well.

I thank Jess, Joanne, Arild, Scooby for additional information and links also Darren for making the hyperlinks for Jess.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 5, 2017, 5:45 am
Arild noted this part of the article you left "Cornelius Pettersøn from Bergen, a soldier and later a sergeant at the main fort at Christiansborg from 1729 to 1745."

As in the USA and I suppose other places, the people they enslaved and treated less than human also were taken as wives, as he did. Guess they were human after all. In fact her family helped him escape a serious problem he had.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Wednesday July 5, 2017, 11:06 am
Noted, Thanks

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Wednesday July 5, 2017, 1:39 pm
Noted, Thank you

Margie F (148)
Wednesday July 5, 2017, 11:25 pm
Thanks again

Raleigh k (358)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 1:01 am
Slavery has and still the devil of the world, and hopefully one day will be completely abolished! It happens from one end of the world of the earth to the other! TY

Jerome S (0)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 2:59 am
thanks for sharing.

Jim Ven (0)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 3:27 am

Sue L (73)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 10:06 am
Another great post, Dandelion, even if it is disturbing. But it is so important to know our history.

Arild Warud (174)
Thursday July 6, 2017, 10:40 am
About Cornelius Pettersøn from Bergen,who later lived in Christiansborg you have to remember that Christiansborg is in Denmark and the Danish ruled Norway at that time.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 11, 2017, 6:09 am
Yes, slavery was and still is a devil in the world. Like raleigh K. I hope that it will be abolished one day.
Thank you Dandelion for the post.

Sylvie A (190)
Thursday July 13, 2017, 4:24 am
Noted. Thank you

Danuta W (1251)
Thursday July 13, 2017, 4:35 am

Melania P (123)
Friday August 25, 2017, 2:52 pm
Sharing as well, thank you.

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Saturday August 26, 2017, 11:03 am

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Saturday August 26, 2017, 11:03 am
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