Prince Among Slaves

Prince Among Slaves
Genre: Documentary | Director: Andrea Kalin, Bill Duke | Language: English | Length: 58 minutes | Country: United States | Year: 2007 | Rating: NR

Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he finally regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House. This is an incredible story about an incredible man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom.

His story of courage and forbearance under the meanest of circumstances is a powerful drama that not only speaks directly to the African American experience, but also to the human experience. It expands our idea about what it means to be human, what we’re capable of surviving, and how our dignity can remain intact, even when under relentless assault. And because his story takes place beginning around 1776, it also illuminates the foundational period in American history as viewed from a perspective that is generally ignored when thinking about the establishment of the country: that of the African people enslaved in the early years of nationhood.

Watch the documentary online here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 8.H.3.1, 8.C&G.1.4, 8.C.1.1, AH1.H.3.2, AH1.H.3.4, AH1.H.4.1, AH1.H.4.4, USH2.H.3.3,WH.H.5.1, WH.H.5.3