History Alive! Chapter 8: Facing Slavery

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enslaved Africans

People from Africa who were forced to give up their freedom and spend their lives obeying and working for their "owners," or masters; enslaved Africans were treated as property that could be bought and sold.

dilemmas

situations in which a person is forced to make a choice even though there are no good choices

Middle Passage

voyage that brought enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean to North America

plantations

Huge farms that required a large labor force to grow crops

Americas

the continents of North and South America

scramble

a sale of slaves when they are herded into a large yard and when the gates are opened buyers run in and grab the slaves they want

slave auction

A sale in which slaves were sold to buyers who bid for them. Usually a slave was sold to the person making the highest bid.

auction block

a block that slaves stood on while men bid on them

overseer

Person in charge of slaves in the field

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