MAAP | Mapping the African American Past

Black Community and Culture

Understandings:

Students will understand that…


•    Key developments in the economic history of New York City were predicated upon the contributions of African Americans.


•    Businesses and neighborhoods built by free African Americans contributed significantly to the economic development of New York City.


•    The rapid growth of the economy and infrastructure of New York City was related to the existence of slave labor in a developing metropolis; a notion that defies the assumption that American slavery was an institution of the agricultural south.


•    The slave trade was used strategically by Europeans to build colonial empires and to ensure colonial wealth.

Essential Questions:

•    Does economic progress justify social and political oppression?


•    How did slavery take root as an economic system in New York? How did slavery evolve throughout Dutch rule and the transition to British rule?


•    How did the slave trading system operate in a Northern American city?

•    How did slavery evolve throughout Dutch rule and the transition to British rule?

•    How did slavery contribute to the building of New York?

•    What role did the labor of free African Americans contribute to the building of New York?

•    What role did African-American owned businesses and communities play in the expansion of New York City? 

 



Produced by CCNMTL, Chase, Teachers College, and CCI