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14th Amendment Discussion Starter: The Emancipation Proclamation

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In 1863 life forever changed for African American slaves when the Emancipation Proclamation was announced. An interesting video clip shows two actors reading excerpts from the Emancipation Proclamation and a letter by a slave named Annie Davis. Scholars also participate in a group discussion relating to the video to deepen their understanding of the terms of the Emancipation Proclamation. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils take turns reading aloud the remaining text of the Emancipation Proclamation 
  • Share newspaper articles from the time period that discuss the Emancipation Proclamation 
Classroom Considerations
  • Video is part of the Constitutional Hall Pass Series
  • Contains sensitive material about slavery
  • Video uses theatrical performances to make content more engaging for learners
  • Includes additional primary sources to enhance learning 
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