How did Europeans rationalize the practice of chattel slavery, 400 years of human trafficking and the murder of millions of Africans? In his quest to expose the history of the transatlantic slave trade, Samuel L. Jackson recruits two award-winning journalists, Simcha Jacobovici and Afua Hirsch, to go on location in the footsteps of the slavers. In the ancient world, colour was not a criterion by which people judged each other. So how did the ideology of racism begin? Jacobovici and Hirsch go on a mission to understand the process that led Europeans to see slavery as not only profitable, but rational and justified.
Warning: The Enslaved series contains disturbing depictions of the inhumanity faced by enslaved people from African countries during the transatlantic slave trade, which may be traumatizing to some viewers. If you need support, there are resources available across the country, you can find links to a number of these resources in this post, curated by the Unison Benevolent Fund.