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Traders made millions of pounds from the sale of Africans into slavery. However, by the 18th century, there was a growing level of concern about how the slaves were treated. After they were released, some decided to write books about their experiences, and the public were shocked to see just how they were treated. Mary Prince, a former black slave, tells the story of how slavery affected her life.
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25 May 2007

Classroom Ideas

Children could take turns to hot seat the role of Mary Prince and her biographer. This clip could be used as a starting point for pupil led research into slave trade routes and the timeline of the slave trade in England. Children could record their own video diary entries in role as Mary Prince or as another slave.

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