Death or Liberty

What would you do to protect your own freedom? How far would you go to protest injustice? Class members are asked to consider these questions as they read primary source documents that detail events in the lives of Gabriel, Nat Turner, and Henry "Box" Brown. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask older students to read William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner, to investigate the debate surrounding the novel, and to present their findings to the class
Classroom Considerations

  • The pdf version (the last IM) has multiple pages (pdf of the lesson, Venn diagram, worksheet, etc)
  • Be sure that a protocol has been established for the safe, respectful discussion of sensitive topics
  • The second in a series of six related resources
  • Requires multiple copies of multiple documents
Pros

  • Includes both a middle school and high school version of the historical source analysis worksheet
  • The richly detailed plan provides step-by-step directions
Cons

  • None