Most of these questions were provided by high school and middle school social studies teachers from public school districts in Birmingham, Ala.; Berkeley, Calif.; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Montgomery County, Md.; Concord, Mass.; Broken Arrow, Okla.; and Loudoun County, Va.
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How many enslaved Africans were brought to the New World between 1526 and 1867 as part of the Atlantic slave trade?
In what year did the United States' official ban on the importation of enslaved Africans take effect?
How many of the original 13 colonies allowed slavery at some point prior to the Revolutionary War?
All of them
Nat Turner’s Rebellion in Virginia in 1831 led to:
New laws in Southern states prohibiting reading and writing by enslaved people and restricting activities of enslaved and free blacks.
A push by Virginia and some Southern states to make plantation conditions more humane for enslaved people.
President Andrew Jackson declaring an end to the use of auctions as a method of selling enslaved people.
The 1857 Dred Scott decision by the Supreme Court ruled that:
All enslaved people who escaped to free states or territories could remain free.
No black person, free or enslaved, could claim U.S. citizenship.
Slave owners could not separate families when selling their slaves.
Which one of these abolitionists was never enslaved?
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Which state had the largest number of enslaved people in 1860?
Approximately how many people were enslaved at the beginning of the Civil War?
Of the first 18 U.S. presidents, how many owned enslaved people at some point in their life?
Which president owned the largest number of enslaved people, more than 600 over the course of his life?
True or false: No U.S. president has ever issued a formal apology for slavery.
Which constitutional amendment abolished slavery?