The Beginning: 1619 - 1712
In order to understand the culmination of 400 years of American history marked with the legacy of slavery and racial discrimination, we must go to the very beginning and explore the origins of slavery in the United States in 1619. In this presentation, Basulto will cover the arrival of the ship the White Lion which brought the first Africans to the English colony of Virginia. She will explore the ways in which the institution of slavery was antithetical to the ideals of representation and freedom with which the first colonist sought to establish their new government. Lastly, she will trace the evolution of slavery in the English colonies and the mounting resistance by the enslaved up until the 1712 slave revolts in New York City.