The Atlantic slave trade: What too few textbooks told you – Anthony Hazard

Here’s a nice, concise TED-Ed video on the Atlantic Slave Trade. Any teachers out there can use this in class, as it’s short and accurate, leaving lots of time for additional information and discussion.

The video’s description reads, “View full lesson:…  Slavery has occurred in many forms throughout the world, but the Atlantic slave trade — which forcibly brought more than 10 million Africans to the Americas — stands out for both its global scale and its lasting legacy. Anthony Hazard discusses the historical, economic and personal impact of this massive historical injustice.”



  1. Shoshana Bee · · Reply

    What an incredible amount of information in a mere 5 minutes. This is an excellent pairing with another great video: Marcus Rediker’s The Atlantic Slave Trade (which I believe is archived here on the blog) I came away with a new look at how the slave trade effected Africa in creating an Arms race, disturbing the demographic balance (by removing men from the population), the collapse of the tribal economies after the Atlantic slave trade ended, and the long-term effects of the myth of the African being an “inferior race” to justify religious conflict.

    To learn so much in 5 minutes suggests that I have been wasting a lot of time….

  2. bob carey · · Reply

    I concur with Shoshana. The part about the upheaval of African society and the fact that the Europeans saw the opportunity to colonize Africa after 1808 demonstrates the more brutal aspects of economics of the 19th century. On a personal note I don’t think you waste time Shoshana in your endeavors to learn, you are a very smart and well spoken person.

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