African-American Communities in the North Before the Civil War

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Middle schoolers may be surprised to learn that before the American Civil War there were more slaves living in New York than there were in Kentucky! Young historians examine maps and census data to gather statistics about African-American communities in three northern cities— Boston, Philadelphia, and Lancaster County, Pa. Groups then share what they have learned about the similarities and differences in the communities as well as data they found surprising.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Set aside extra prep time to prepare copies and/or share links to the many included research materials
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members need access to devices with internet connections
Pros
  • Includes extension activities
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  • None
Common Core