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VCE History: People & PowerYear 11 HistoryAmerican Civil Rights Movement
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Slavery Websites

The History.Com website has a good introduction to slavery in America. It includes video's, images and primary sources. 

The 'Economic Basis of Slavery' in the wider Americas is discussed in this article. There are some interesting facts and figures that will give you a broader understanding. 

To have an understadning of the cotton industry and slavery in the American access the following article "Why was cotton king?"

History Central also has information on the economic basis of slavery. 

The PBS website has infomation about the conditions of slaves in the USA on the following sites: 'The Slave Experience: Living Conditions' and 'Conditions of Antebellum Slavery'.

'The Life of a Slave' is discussed in this article from the North Carolina.

The US History website has infomation about 'Slave Life and Slave Codes'.

Jim Crow Law's overview, as well as a list of the different laws and images during that time.

A brief overview of the Jim Crow Laws.

Plessy vs Ferguson website, providing an outline of the events that took place, as well as the repercussions.


Short Clip Videos - Slavery

Slave Trade 1650 - 1860

Origins of Slaves in the USA


Civil Right's Websites

This website describes the Montgomery Buss Boycott, as well as Rosa Parks, who is often referred as the catalyst for Civil Rights Movement


Montgomery Boycott Videos

This is a interview of Rosa Parks, describing her version of events on her refusal to leave a bus, ultimately instigating the Montgomery Bus Boycott


Freedom Rides


VCE History Slavery Introduction PowToon

In preparation for our study of Slavery in America, you are to watch the following PowToon.

Primary Source Documents

This source is an example of an Newspaper Advertisments selling African Slaves in America. 

This source is the selling of an African American man with his family. Most likely being sold by a plantation to another. This source will support the idea that many slaves were able to stay as a family and not always be split.

This source is advertising a shipment of slaves to America. Note the concerns of Small Pox and the fineprint on the bottom of the source.

Animated Maps of Slavery

To see the annotated version of this map at the following website: Animated Map

The following website has a map of "The Spread of Slavery" from 1790-1860, this is also an animated map.


Uncle Sam's Curse Song

KKK Uncle Sam's Curse Lyrics:

Now, I'm listening you communists, niggaz and jews
Tell all your bodies to spread the news
Cause their judgement will soon been alight
As the lord in this wisdom looks down from height
Well, it's better be lost my mixing the races
We want beautiful babies, not ones with brown faces
Never, never, never, never, I say
Cause the Ku Klucks Klan is here to say:
Never, never, never, never, I say
Cause the Ku Klucks Klan is here to say:


Uncle Sam's Curse


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