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Part 2: 1750-1805
Part 3: 1791-1831
Part 4: 1831-1865

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At the beginning of the 17th century, both rich and poor Britons see the newly established American colonies as the land of opportunity. As changes in England's economy and word of hardships in America stem the flow of white bond servants, English planters bring more enslaved Africans to America to raise their profitable tobacco, sugar, and rice crops and to provide other forms of labor in the North. Gradually, laws are enacted that define legal status by race, ensuring that Africans and their descendants will be slaves. Resistance leads to rebellions in South Carolina and New York. The impact of slavery is felt by everyone -- North and South, black and white, the enslaved and the enslaver.


Carolina Colonies
Colonial Life
Indentured Servants
New York Rebellion
Stono Rebellion


Oladah Equiano
Anthony Johnson
Francis Le Jau
Middleton family

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