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March 2005

Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery
High-tech site from the New York Public Library.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This site was developed by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, in conjunction with UNESCO’s slave route project. It chronicles the rise and fall of slavery in the America’s.
This beautifully designed site is well organized and easy to navigate. The major sections of the site are graphically depicted in the bottom navigation bar. Mousing over the graphic reveals the title of the section. Internal pages have a scrolling bar of primary documents on the right side of the screen. The site is available in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Flash Player is required.

The story of triumph over slavery unfolds on this Web site in nine successive chapters beginning with A New People and ending with a discussion of the Expressive Culture of African Americans. The opening section includes a discussion of the African American heritage and how Europeans, Native Americans and Asians all played a part in the ethnic, racial, and cultural makeup of these “new people”. Other sections chronicle the development of the system of slavery from ancient empires to the nineteenth century and the unique characteristics of the slave trade in the Americas while others discuss the development of family life, religion, education and the influence of Africans on music, art, speech and dress in the United States. Visitors will find artifacts and historical documents that depict the horrors and indignities suffered by Africans as they were bought and sold and worked on the sugar plantations of Brazil and the cotton plantations of the southern U. S.. The Struggle Against Slavery and Its Abolition includes a discussion of the Africans who ran away to freedom and worked for the abolishment of slavery and the anti-slavery that finally brought about its abolishment with the Civil War.


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