August 20th marks the four hundredth anniversary of an appalling event: the first ship containing kidnapped people from Africa landed in Virginia on August 20, 1619. It marked the beginning of the slave trade in the British Colonies and USA.
Project 1619 tells the history of events and the beginnings of the slave trade. Anthony Hazard (Professor of History at Santa Clara University) produced this short TED-Ed video on the slave trade and its origins. A more detailed history of the slave trade written by Hazard can be found here.
“That is the story of this country. The story that has brought me to the stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, who kept on striving, and hoping, and doing what needed to be done. So that today,I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters — two beautiful intelligent black young women — play with the dog on the White House lawn.”
– Michelle Obama, July 25, 2016
Below the fold are two more items from The Root.