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From Africa to Colonial America

January 31, 2014

Between 1617 and 1619, the first  African-Americans landed in Jamestown and the first shipment of tobacco was sent to London.  The two profoundly unequal and seemingly unrelated events provide a tragic prologue to four hundred years of black history in America.

EDSITEment, the National Endowment for the Humanities' educational website, offers original documents, diaries, records, and artwork to help students and teachers study  the economic, cultural, legal, and social beginnings of African American history in the New World.