Abolition Movement

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An enslaved man is rescued by a mob of abolitionists. But are the true mobsters those who held him in bondage? Budding historians consider these questions as they examine a publication from an abolitionist group explaining the dramatic rescue using comprehension questions. The activity is easy to extend with included writing assignments. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use comprehension questions and primary source to develop historical reading skills 
  • Have class members write an account from the point of view of Jerry, an enslaved man rescued by a group of abolitionists described in the primary source
Classroom Considerations

  • Type is small on the document and may be difficult for some to read

  • Worksheet and extension assignments are scaffolded appropriately for younger history scholars
  • Primary source is unique and includes an image of the document

  • The primary source is lengthy and may be difficult for some readers
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