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Land and Liberty: The Saga of Sam McCulloch

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The struggles of Sam McCulloch, a free black man, to be recognized as a citizen entitled to own land in Texas are the focus of research project that ask groups to examine a series of primary source documents and piece together McCulloch's story.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Ask groups to compare the racial policies of Mexico with those of Texas and to consider what these differences reveal
Classroom Considerations
  • One of five activities related to Texas history, the approach can be modified to work with any historical figure
  • The attached primary source documents offer learners insight into the racial views that influenced legislation prior to and during the Civil War
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