Slavery: Historic and modern

Image: Slave shackles by National Museum of American History on Flickr

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to slavery in historical and modern times. Includes information on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, human trafficking, and the abolitionist movement. SCIS 1589362

See also Human rights and Nelson Mandela

Africans in America

A PBS website with a wealth of resources on the experience of slavery in America. Includes images, documents, stories, biographies and commentaries.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Anti Slavery International

Information about modern slavery around the world. Describes the work of the Anti-Slavery organisation, and suggests ways of getting involved. Includes downloadable fact sheets, posters and lesson plans, and information on the history of the translatlantic slave trade.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

BBC The Abolition of British Slavery - Interactive Map

An excellent interactive map showing the places significant to the slave trade and abolitionist movement between the 16th and 19th century. Links to more information about abolition on the BBC History website.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

BBC Modern Slavery

BBC news website featuring articles about slavery victims throughout the world. Includes many stories telling the experiences of children and adults caught up in slavery in our own times.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Parliamentary council office New Zealand legislation

Downloadable copy of the 1961 crimes act of New Zealand detailing the laws against slave dealing.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Stop the traffic

A UK website with information about anti-trafficking events taking place throughout the world. Includes a definition of human trafficking, explains the role of the United Nations in stopping human trafficking. Offers free downloadable posters, guides, template documents and lesson plans.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

USI (Understanding slavery initiative)

A UK website supporting the teaching and learning of Transatlantic histories and legacies of slavery. Includes a video tutorial for students from a historian's perspective as well as activities and information for teachers. Mainly aimed at older students, but includes some teaching units at primary level.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


The following EPIC databases provide comprehensive up-to-date information and articles on. slavery:

Global Issues In Context: This database provides a range of contemporary information on many aspects of modern slavery.

World History in Context: This database provides information on historic slavery throughout the world.
A school log-on and password is required.

Suggested level: secondary

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following is a suggestion for your students, and you, to read and enjoy:

Africa is my Home: a Child of the Amistad, by Monica Edinger, 2013 (fiction)
The Freedom Merchants by Sherryl Jordan, 2013 (young adult)
Night running, by Elisa Carbone, 2008 (sophisticated picture book)


Slavery by Another Name, by PBS, 1:24:56

Slavery videos by Watch, Know, Learn

Free the slaves video library on modern slavery