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Chronicle | Digging for Slaves

Archaeology unearths the past histories of African slaves in America.

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 13 September 1989

DURATION | 49 minutes 19 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1989

Synopsis

This programme provides an overview of recent excavations in North Carolina and Virginia that have attempted to uncover slave quarters on plantations. These digs have shown that the slaves brought agricultural techniques and traditional crafts from West Africa, some of which are still practised today. The finds reveal how innovative the African slaves were and highlight the ways in which they coped with the horrors of captivity.

Did you know?

The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool was opened in 2007 to mark the 200th anniversary of the end of the slave trade. Despite many enduring local myths, slaves were not actually bought and sold in Liverpool, although many businessmen profited from the trade. In fact, manufactured goods would leave Liverpool and be sold in West Africa in exchange for slaves. The slaves would then be transported across the Atlantic and sold to plantation owners in America. Finally, the ships would collect raw materials such as cotton and return to Liverpool.

Contributors

Narrator
Dr Harley Brown
Contributor
Edward Chappell
Contributor
Contributor
Rex Ellis
Contributor
Dr Leland Fergusson
Contributor
Dr William Kelso
Contributor
Betsy Reitz
Contributor
Richard Shultz
Contributor
Dr Theresa Singleton
Contributor
Henrietta Snipe
Contributor
Producer, Scriptwriter
Series Editor

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