Life as a Liberated People

Imagine having no control over your life and then suddenly having to provide for yourself. Such was the challenge faced by many American slaves after emancipation. Class members are asked to consider these challenges are they examine primary source documents related the reconstruction era.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups investigate towns established by freed slaves and the challenges they faced
  • Include the resource in a unit study of Their eyes were Watching God
Classroom Considerations

  • The PDF version (the last IM) has multiple files within it that may not appear the same for everyone when it first opens; however, it contains important documents for the lesson (pdf of the lesson, worksheet, etc). Look for multiple files within in the IM pdf.
  • The fourth in a series of six related resources
  • Requires multiple copies of multiple resources


Pros

  • The plan asks individuals to make a connection to concerns about their own emancipation
Cons

  • None