Interior of Slave Ship

To an American, this image needs no explanation whatever. It’s the inside of a slave ship, with kidnapped human beings chained up and packed like sardines in the hold. The enslavement of West Africans does not fit the classic definition of genocide in its intent – slave traders wanted their captives to survive the voyage – but in its effect: death by the millions for two and a half centuries starting in 1619. (

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