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188 reviewed resources for slavery emancipation

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Torn from Each Other's Arms

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students consider how the institution of family suffered under slavery. In this slavery lesson, students watch segments of "Slavery and the Making of America". Students examine the structure of the Driggus family and discuss how slavery...
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A Wolf by the Ear

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students examine Thomas Jefferson's complex and contradictory relationship with slavery.
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Juneteenth Proclamation Jubilation

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students research the U.S. holiday Juneteenth and examine the historical elements that contributed to the delayed announcement of the emancipation of slaves in Texas. They recreate a facsimile of the Emancipation Proclamation with the...
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Massachusetts Slave Emancipation

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders study the history of slavery in the United States.  In this American History instructional activity, 11th graders read handouts and answer various questions.  Students create a skit which depicts the reactions of...
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Slavery's Opponents and Defenders

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the wide-ranging debate over American slavery and the lives of its leading opponents and defenders and the views they held about America's "peculiar institution."
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Philip Reid and the Statue of Freedom

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Approach the concept of freedom in United States history from a variety of angles and delve into rich primary source analysis practice. Pupils study the Statue of Freedom, which sits atop the dome of the Capitol building in Washington...
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A Slave No More

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars discover what it was like to cross into freedom. In this slavery lesson, students read the "Emancipation Proclamation," and letters written by Abraham Lincoln and John Washington (a former slave). Young scholars identify...
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Overcoming Violations of Civil Rights

For Teachers K - 4th
Students investigate slavery by researching the Underground Railroad and Emancipation Proclamation. In this Civil Rights lesson, students view a PowerPoint slide-show of images from the Civil War and Civil Rights era. Students create a...
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Breaking the Chains, Rising Out of Circumstances

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Discuss the history of slavery by analyzing historic photography depicting slavery. Learners write fictional stories based on these photographs. This is a creative and motivating way to launch a discussion of these topics. 
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A Wolf by the Ear

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Pupils examine Thomas Jefferson's view of slavery. In this slavery lesson, students watch segments of the video "Slavery and the Making of America." Pupils respond to discussion questions as they watch the video and make inferences...
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Cumulative Review: Chapters 11-15

For Students 7th - 8th
If you've just covered a lot of territory in your social studies class and need a great cumulative review, look no further. Here is a hand out that includes 71 questions on 10 pages all related to slavery, the Civil War, Westward...
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Criminal or Hero

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young scholars investigate slavery in America circa the American Revolution. They will examine point- of view and perspective as they research a variety of informational resources. While this is designed to be used with the PBS video...
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The Underground Railroad Before and After the Fugitive Slave Law

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students consider the impact of the Fugitive Slave Law on the activity of the Underground Railroad. In this slavery lesson plan, students examine primary documents that describe the role of the Underground Railroad during the fight for...
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Who Freed the Slaves During the Civil War?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Pose the question to your historians: who really freed the slaves? They critically assess various arguments, using primary sources as evidence. In small groups, scholars jigsaw 5 primary source documents (linked), and fill out an...
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African Americans in Revolutionary Times

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
How did black Americans contribute to colonial society in the United States and make active choices to exert some control over their lives as slaves? Explore the often overlooked yet incredibly important roles of Africans and African...
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Thirteenth Amendment Poster

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
President Lincoln believed in the Thirteenth Amendment so strongly that he signed 14 copies of it, but died before he could see it passed on December 18, 1965. Explore the text that forever abolished slavery in America with a document...
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Civil War Review Packet

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
How much have your history students learned about the Civil War? Use a straightforward review worksheet to go over the key figures and events from the 19th century, including Abraham Lincoln, Fort Sumter, and the Emancipation Proclamation.
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Are We the People?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Taking on the roles of a fiery Boston patriot, a Philadelphia merchant's wife, and a prominent abolitionist, your young historians will consider the reactions of these early Americans to the creation of the Declaration of Independence,...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 17

For Teachers 9th Standards
How did the Demerara Rebellion of 1823, the death of Reverend John Smith, and the Emancipation Bill of 1833 that abolished slavery throughout the British Empire change the sugar industry? Class members examine how the authors of Sugar...
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Lincoln Frees the Slaves

For Students 5th - 7th
Read about Abraham Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War, then analyze a quote and a painting. Learners read the provided background information then answer three questions related to Lincoln's views of the Civil War. They analyze a...
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The Politics of Emancipation Emancipation Frederick Douglass Gets to Know President Lincoln

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners compare abolitionist views of Frederick Douglass with other anti-slavery leaders of that period. They plan and take part in a mock anti-slavery rally of the 1840s, using the language of the pre-Civil War abolitionists to present...
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Freedom Timeline

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners explore the issue of the morality of slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries in the United States and construct a timeline containing freedom facts. Freedon issues and the rights and responsibilities of the time are examined.
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Underground Railroad

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders use internet cites to explore the Underground Railroad. They also learn the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Focus questions are included.
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“Stealing a Little Freedom”: Slave Runaways in North Carolina

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
As part of a study of slavery during the US colonial period, class members investigate the reasons those enslaved chose to run away, the risks inherent in escaping, and methods used to recapture runaways. 

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