Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

1.What was the role played by African natives in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and why did this trade in human beings flourish very quickly? In your opinion, could African chiefs and leaders have resisted or prevented the European imperial powers from trading in African slaves?
2. Describe the earliest recorded labor system that ‘unfree’ Blacks worked under in Colonial North America (1620s-1670s). How was this system different from chattel slavery and did most Africans regain their freedoms under this system?
3. What were some of the economic reasons for the transition to a slave-enforced system of production in Colonial North America? Whether in New York City or elsewhere, can you think of any labor system that resembles that of chattel slavery? Upon what law is that system upheld?
4. What were the slave codes and what did these laws seek to do?
5. How were the lives of enslaved African women regulated in Colonial North America, or simply, what was the typical life of an enslaved African girl-child like through adulthood? [Page 74]. How prevalent is the idea in contemporary American society that Black women are “tougher” than white women and girls? How do you feel about the treatment of this young black girl, and do you think this treatment from law enforcement could have happened to a young white girl of the same age? Explain your thoughts. []