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Slavery and the Making of America
"It Depends on Your Point of View"
Character Profiles


TEACHERS: Print this page for use in the Culminating Activity of the "It Depends on Your Point of View" lesson, featured on the SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA Web site at http://www.pbs.org/slavery/index.html. Cut up the page into a series of slips, with one character profile on each. Be certain that you have enough slips so that each student in your classroom can select one. Put all of the slips in a box or hat.



YOU are a 21 year-old slave in Monmouth County, New Jersey in 1776. You have heard that Colonel Tye's band of renegades is in the neighborhood.



YOU are a slave-owner in Monmouth County, New Jersey during the American Revolution. You have heard that Colonel Tye's band of renegades is in the neighborhood.



YOU are one of Colonel Tye's guerilla soldiers in Monmouth County, New Jersey during the American Revolution.



YOU are a British general during the American Revolution. You have recently met with a slave named Titus, who wants to help you.



YOU are Titus, and you are preparing to run away from your master.



YOU are a slave in New Jersey in 1774. Because you tried to run away, your owner has put an iron collar with four-foot long poles attached to it around your neck.



YOU are a slave on John Corlies' farm in Monmouth County, New Jersey. One of your close friends, Titus, has recently run away.



YOU are John Corlies, a slave-owner in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Your slave Titus has recently run away.



YOU are the editor of a Monmouth County, New Jersey newspaper. John Corlies came to you today and put an ad for his runaway slave Titus in your newspaper.



YOU are a Quaker slave-owner in New Jersey in 1774. Many of your neighbors have been setting their slaves free.



YOU are a slave in Mississippi in 1854. You have recently run away, and you are spending the night alone in a swamp.



YOU are a slave in 1859. You ran away from your owner, and you have made it to Rochester, New York. You are waiting for a boat to take your across Lake Ontario to Canada.



YOU are a Quaker who runs an Underground Railroad safe house. You have three runaway slaves hiding in your cellar, and you know that a group of slave catchers is searching houses in your neighborhood.



YOU are a runaway slave, hiding in the home of a Quaker on the Underground Railroad. You know that a group of slave catchers is searching houses in the area.



YOU are a slave catcher. You have heard that a nearby house is a "safe house" on the Underground Railroad, and three escaped slaves may be hiding in it.



YOU own a boat on Lake Ontario. You transport runaway slaves from Rochester, New York to Canada.



YOU are a slave in 1850. Your son or daughter has recently run away.



YOU are a runaway slave in 1850. You recently ran away, and left your family and friends behind.



YOU are a twelve year old slave in Tennessee in 1850. Your mother has told you that the two of you will be running away in a day or two.



YOU are a slave owner in Tennessee in 1850. Recently, a number of your slaves have run away.



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