Students will understand that…
• Key developments in the economic history of New York City were predicated upon the contributions of African Americans.
• 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.
• 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?