Slavery, Then and Now

Note for APUSH students: I’ve made and used this post before to help my other students research slavery. I know it will help you as well. Let me know if you have any questions. Please feel free to comment.

Note for US2 students: In order to understand racism, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement, let’s look at how it started – with slavery. Now think: which came first, racism or slavery?

Slavery is one of the worst chapters in American history, but understanding it – or attempting to – helps us learn more about ourselves and the world we live in today.   In US History I, we’ve taken a good, hard look at slavery – then and now.  We’ve learned that there were over 35,000 recorded slave voyages, that slave women had all of their children forced into slavery, and that slavery still exists in the world today for over 27 million people.  There’s so much more too.  We’ve learned about slavery through the personal stories of Harriet Jacobs, Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, Louis Hughes, and more.  These real stories make the story so much more personal.

More than memorizing facts and dates, we’re learning as a class to ask deep questions about then and now.  Why did the majority of presidents before Lincoln own slaves?  Why did Thomas Jefferson father slave children?  Why did George Washington not free his slaves while he was alive?  What is the relationship between slavery and racism?  Which cam first?  How did it end?  How cane racism end?  What keeps people in slavery today?  Who is fighting to free people from slavery today?  What can we do about it today?

Here’s some of the sites we’ve used so far.  Click on the picture to go to the site, and let me know what you think about the information inside, or any questions you have.  Thanks.

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