The Transatlantic Slave Trade
A lesson plan inspired by the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
Key Stage:KS3 History National Curriculum: Primary History. Pupils should...make connections, draw contrasts...over long arcs of time Pupils should be taught about: ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745 -1901 Non-statutory examples include: Britain's transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition.
Overview:These resources can be used in a variety of ways. They can be used as a starter or conclusion to a unit on the transatlantic slave trade or as part of a Year 7 introductory unit on the relevance of studying history. The following notes outline one way of handling the Year 7 option.
Suggested Classroom Activity
Show your group the short film ‘A Statue For A Slaver’. The film presents a brief explanation of transatlantic slavery, the role of slave traders and plantation owners, the triangle of trade, conditions for slaves and dates of abolition.
Ask the pupils what they think of Robert Milligan and whether they think his statue ought to still be on display at Canary Wharf in London? (Note. The statue of Robert Milligan was removed by the local authority in June 2020)
What is The International Slavery Museum?
A similar debate takes place in this short film in which students from Liverpool visit The International Slavery Museum and meet education staff member Mitty Ramachandran.
Watch the film and then continue to broaden the discussion.
Savar building collapse
At the end of the ‘A Statue For A Slaver' film there is an image of a collapsed building. This image is of the Savar building in Dakar which collapsed killing many slave workers. Click on the image to download the news report from the New York Times of the event that happened in 2013.