Assignment: The Black Atlantic

Watch the “Black Atlantic” episode from the PBS video The¬†African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Briefly answer the following questions (about 200 words).

  • How were Africa, Europe and the Americas linked by the Atlantic Slave Trade? Give examples from the video.
  • What sources do historians in the video use as evidence about the lives of slaves in this period? How do they interpret the evidence they find?¬† Give examples from the video.