“There are very few African American men in this country, who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in the department store.
That happened to me!”
With Barak Obama’s speech following the shooting of Trayvon Martin as a starting point, the book winds back to the arrival of the first Africans in America in 1619, on the shore of Virginia and proceeds from there. Initially, these Africans were not legally slaves but were considered servants who would be freed after years of service. That changed during the 17th century and slavery as an institution began to take shape.
The book is designed in such a way that it can be used at several educational levels in English and History classes in upper secondary or high school, as well as further education colleges and adult education centres, or in interdisciplinary courses.
In the course of the book an understanding of how slavery in the United States evolved from 1700 until the abolition of slavery in 1865 will be gained. With film, pictures, poems and speeches, the reader gets a picture of what it meant to live as a slave in the United States in the 1700’s and 1800’s and the effect this chapter in American history has had for black people in the United States right up to the present day. In the book, the reader is presented with tasks to be solved with digital products such as writing an article that describes a slave auction, tweeting about the 1968 Olympics medal presentation ceremony “Black Power Salute” and much more.