Harriet Jacobs and Elizabeth Keckly: The Material and Emotional Realities of Childhood in Slavery

Young historians learn how to make generalizations based on primary sources in a lesson that uses the autobiographies of two women born into slavery. The class watches a historical re-enactment of scenes from the lives of Harriet Jacobs and Elizabeth Keckly and compares their experiences. To end the lesson, pupils draft an essay to demonstrate what they have learned about the difference between primary and secondary sources and how to craft generalizations based on evidence.

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Classroom Considerations
  • Set aside extra prep time to gather materials, prepare copies, and share links to the included documents
  • Class members need access to devices with internet connections
Pros
  • The lesson provides all necessary supporting materials, including answer keys
Cons
  • None