One of the great tragedies of history was the treatment of Africans and African Americans. African slavery had existed well before Africans arrived with some of the earliest European settlers.

Another tragedy is the attempt to educate children about slavery by isolating and excluding pertinent facts. Many politicians and other organizations have opted to exclude the teaching of slavery from any other viewpoint than those outlined in the present textbooks and school board approved curriculum. Teachers, parents, and students can use this WebQuest so that children can do the research and formulate their own opinions about slavery.



Your task is to research about slavery and then develop a plan for teaching children about the facts of slavery. You will research slavery and then working in your group recommend a plan of action.



The teacher will divide the students into cooperative learning groups of four. Each student is assigned a job within the group to ensure the success of the group.   

  • Each group will research slavery.
  • Each group will create a research paper about slavery, the history of slave owners, and the history of slaves
  • Each group will create a PowerPoint presentation about slavery



African Americans – Slavery in the United States | Britannica

The myths about slavery that still hold America captive – CNN


Historical Context: Myths and Misconceptions: Slavery and the Slave Trade | Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Slavery myths: Seven lies, half-truths, and irrelevancies people trot out about slavery—debunked. (

Africa to America: The Odyssey of Slavery – YouTube

How Many Slaves Landed in the U.S.? | The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross | PBS

Common misconceptions about slavery, according to historians – The Washington Post

Slavery and the North: what you didn’t learn in history class | Christopher Lehman | TEDxStCloud – YouTube

The Truth About Slavery –

Myths About Slavery – Slavery Facts – HISTORY

The 1619 anniversary: 5 things people still get wrong about slavery – Vox

The 1619 Project details the legacy of slavery in America | PBS NewsHour Weekend

American slavery: Separating fact from myth (

Critical race theory – Wikipedia

A Brief History of Slavery That You Didn’t Learn in School – The New York Times (

What is a disturbing fact about slavery that isn’t taught in school? – Quora

Reginald Moore & Samuel Collins III: ‘Unearthing the Truth of Slavery By Another Name’ | The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research (



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Now that you have completed the Slavery WebQuest you are better equipped to speak about incidents related to slavery.