Hello Professor G. and classmates,
I'm having a difficult time deciding on a research question. I was certain I'd want to research Native Americans, but after writing my first assignment in the voice of a young African American slave girl, I feel compelled to research the period before the Civil War (perhaps early 1800's)?
It's tricky because obviously the men and women who came to America to be sold into slavery did not do so voluntarily; so they don't really fall into any of the categories Castles discusses (I guess you would call it a "forced migration")?
Perhaps my research question would be: What was the difference in numbers of African American immigrants to the United States before and after the Civil War. In other words, once slavery was abolished, did African Americans from other countries want to come to America?
Please let me know what you think of this research question. I'm happy to change it if doesn't fulfill the research project requirement. Thanks!