Mar. 20 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin

This Mar. 20 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin video also includes:

The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was implemented to tighten the institution of slavery, but its actual effect was to hasten the beginning of the American Civil War - and the publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Class members watch a short dramatization of Stowe's opposition to the law, and how her novel's success was an important step toward nationwide abolition.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign discussion questions as formal essay prompts after your unit on Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Have learners watch the video at home before coming to class and discussing what they've viewed
  • Ask class members why a dramatized video of historical events would not be considered a primary source
Classroom Considerations

  • Best used as a companion activity to a unit on Uncle Tom's Cabin or a lesson on the Fugitive Slave Act
  • Video is an excerpt from The Abolitionists series from PBS
Pros

  • Video explores Stowe's deep concern over the oppression she witnessed in the mid-19th century
  • Discussion questions address a range of skills
Cons

  • None