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Want to bring abolitionism, jazz and Marcus Garvey into your classroom? Check out these PBS lesson plans and get your students excited.

SLAVERY

Africans in America
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/tguide/index.html
Learn about the legal foundations for slavery and explore autobiographical writings by slaves. Research the economics of slave society and use primary sources to plan a slavery debate between famous 18th century figures.
[ Grades 9-12 ]

Reclaiming the Self: The Legacy of Slavery
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/cultureshock/teachers/
huck/section5.html

Compare Twain's portrayal of slave life to the accounts in slave narratives, and explore the meaning of freedom to African-Americans through primary sources and poetry.
[ Grades 9-12 ]

John Brown's Holy War
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/
brown/tguide/index.html

Evaluate forms of political protest and identify Brown's role in development of the Civil War.
[ Grades 6-12 ]

The Time Of The Lincolns
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/
lincolns/tguide/index.html

Investigate the Lincoln-Douglas debates, abolition and religion, the Union's "total war" tactics, and industrialization in antebellum America through these activity ideas.
[ Grades 6-12 ]

Journey to Peace
http://www.pbs.org/journeytopeace/
teachers/index.html

Learn about slave trading in Senegal, apartheid in South Africa and slavery in the United States and debate appropriate acts of apology and reconciliation; also learn techniques for active listening.
[ Grades 9-12 ]

Wonders Of The African World
http://www.pbs.org/wonders/fr_cl.htm
Produce a classroom newspaper based on the historical legacy of Ghana's role in the slave trade.
[ Grades 6-12 ]

Learning Adventures in Citizenship: Fight For Freedom
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/newyork/
laic/lessons/e1_t3-lp.html

Research slavery around the world today and find out more about institutions working to end slavery.
[ Grades 3-8 ]

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GREAT MIGRATION

Goin' To Chicago
http://www.pbs.org/gointochicago/
learning/insights2.html

Explore how the African-American migration resembles and differs from other migrations in U.S. history.
[ Grades 9-12 ]

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A group of slaves pose outside their quarters.







Slaves escape.

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