This paper explores the importance of enslaved children to the larger slave community during the transatlantic slave trade that has been overlooked by historians. The relationships and interactions between the enslaved adults and the enslaved children created the strength that both needed to survive slavery. The children’s daily activities and behaviors were encouraging to onlookers in that this institution wasn’t as evil as many perceived. This paper argues that the child was placed with the heaviest burden of maintaining their innocence while enslaved because their optimism was contagious to their parents.



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