BUILDING A NEW LAND : AFRICAN
AMERICANS IN COLONIAL AMERICA
New York : Amistad, 2001.
IL 3-6, RL 7.5
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history of African Americans is not entirely about slavery. As a
matter of fact, Christopher Columbus had a black navigator on the Santa
Maria. The first Africans brought to the New World, were not necessarily
brought as slaves -- at least not in the way slavery became later.
As a matter of fact, in the south, slaves could buy their freedom and become
land owners. It was not unusual for Africans to be well-versed in
their own culture while also speaking European languages and having experience
in commerce. It wasn't until the middle of the 1600s that attitudes
changed and African Americans were denied basic rights. Learn more
about the changing role of African Americans in Building a New Land.
African Americans -- History -- To 1863.
United States -- History -- Colonial period,1600-1775.
Slavery -- History.
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