Us history critical thinking questions


Was race identified with slavery before the era of European exploration? Why or why not? How did slavery’s association with race change the institution’s character?

  • One possible method to break this question into its multiple subquestions for paragraph responses. 
    • A short paragraph introduction of pre-European exploration slavery, how this institution functioned. This leads to your analysis of the role of race within the institution of slavery. 
    • A short discussion of how race changed the institution’s character.
  • Connection to present: How does the discussion/role of race play out in society today?


Key passages:

  • 1.3 West Africa and the Role of Slavery, pages 26 – 29

Write this using the the Critical Thinking method: