Slavery in North America and Brazil

Jaclyn Peterson, Fifth Grade, David Cox Road Elementary

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


This unit is in line with the 5th grade Social Studies standards explaining how the movement of goods and various cultural groups influenced development of regions in the United States.  Specifically, how Africans were affected culturally, mentally, and physically from the Slave Trade.  My students will compare and contrast the slave trades of the United State and Brazil. Students will understand that the enslavement of Africans was not just an American phenomenon, but rather it was an economic reality in many countries around the then-known world.  Students will compare and contrast the motivations of Brazilians and American slave trades, understand the different economies and labor factors, and understand slavery was not only an American phenomenon.  The economic impact of slavery was too great for countries to ignore.  Africans were merely considered property.