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Native American slave ownership


Don Cheadle finds out Native Americans owned his ancestors


Lectures in History Preview: Indian Slave Trade in the Colonial South


The American Indian: Slavery, Civil War and the Confederacy


Native Americans Were "Brutal Slave Owners"


This Woman is Believed to be America's Last Slave

African slaves were owned by Native Americans from the colonial period until the United States' Civil War. The interactions between Native Americans and African Slaves in the antebellum United States is complex, given that slavery played a significant role in the creation and construction of America. This slavery institution relied largely on the enslavement of Africans and Native Americans owned by white European colonists and later white Americans after the United States gained independence from Great Britain.
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    • Background 

    • African chattel slavery by Native Americans in the American Southeast 

    • Five Civilized Tribes adoption of chattel slavery 

    • Other responses to African chattel slavery by Native Americans