Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America


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Why were the Slave Codes passed?

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1. Which best describes the task system?


'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,

Taught my benighted soul to understand

That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:

Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.

Some view our sable race with scornful eye,

'Their colour is a diabolic die.'

Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,

May be refin'd and join th'angelic train.

Who most likely wrote this poem?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo is printable and interactive. It can help you gauge your grasp of some of the aspects of the overall nature of the slave trade in the colonies such as its regulation, its benefits and its practice.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet tests your familiarity with the following:

  • Effect of slave codes
  • The task system
  • Slave poetry
  • Indentured servitude versus slavery

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related US history lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the treatment of blacks in colonial America in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as task system and Triangular Trade
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as slave and indentured servant

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America. The lesson focuses on the following objectives:

  • Explain how it came to pass that a native African became the first permanent slave owner in America
  • Discuss how the practice of slavery in Africa differed from that in America
  • Examine the treatment of slaves aboard ship during the Middle Passage or the Triangular Trade
  • Talk about why slaves were deemed to be a better investment than indentured servants
  • Comment on the growth of slaves in America between 1655 and 1750
  • Remark on the nature of Bacon's Rebellion