Students aged 13 and 14 received imaginary tools including manacles, whips, thumb screws, iron brands, muskets and barracoons, and were asked to devise a Â business proposal for the capture and enslavement of Africans. Lesson materials included directions on how to carry out a “slave raidâ€ and manipulate “African Chiefsâ€ through bribes and alcohol.
One 13 year old black girl complained to her mother about the humiliation she felt during the class. Her mother met with teachers who at first tried to justify the approach of the class. They said thatÂ the particular lesson had been taught for three years without objection and itÂ emphasized how the slave trade was Â “divorced from moral and social issues.â€
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