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A 3 page research paper that offers suggestions for 3 lessons plans on American slavery. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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South was contingent on the continuation of slavery. Before beginning this series of lesson plans, the student involved should have background knowledge that covers the development of slavery in the
Western Hemisphere (Cintron). Prior to the class, the teacher should write on the blackboard "Imagine how you would feel if you had to work hard, all day, at manual labor
and received no pay or compensation?" (Cintron). This question can lead into a discussion session that explores what a life for a slave was like, during which students could voice
their assumptions on this topic. Following this discussion, the class could then read the first chapter of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, which is available online. The
class could then collectively create a list of the features of slave life (i.e., no knowledge of parentage, the prevalence of rape, beatings, etc.). Then, the focus of the lesson
would switch from the slaves viewpoint to that of the masters. Using "Selected Statistics on Slavery" (taken from the 1860 census), the teacher could have the students first read the
handout and then discuss its implications for the white slave-owner. These statistics show the prevalence of slavery and its importance to the Southern economy. Pursuing Freedom: According to Walter
Hawkins, a former slave, slaves constantly spoke of the possibility of escape among themselves. Hawkins writes that the yearning for freedom was so strong that "no danger or power cold
restrain, no hardship deterred, and no bloodhound could alarm" ("Runaways"). By examining original slave narratives, such as those of Douglass, Hawkins, others, which are available on the Internet, this lesson
will help the students to understand the physical hardship that a successful escape to the North entailed. For example, Moses Grandy explains in his narrative that fugitive slaves would hide