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Primary Sources - Workshop in American History Workshop 4 - Concerning Emancipation: Who Freed the Slaves?homesitemap
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Workshop 4: Lectures & Activities

Reflection Two:
The Forces for Emancipation

Watch the onscreen activity following Lecture Two. Compare your conclusions to the activity with those of the onscreen teachers or evaluate the activity as a model for classroom activities.

Here are some comments to get you started:



•One group focused on the portrayal of African Americans as empowered participants in their emancipation versus victims of enslavement and discrimination. What kinds of primary sources contribute to these points of view?


•Yvonne Powell makes the following statement about slave narratives:

"These are men and women who were denied, for whom it was illegal to learn to read and write. And some of their writings are just such exquisite documentation of their love of freedom, their willingness to risk it all, life and limb, to leave family, who are so important to them, in order to gain their freedom for themselves and for others. Fascinating part, in terms of the primary sources that we have."

Follow up/expound upon her point with other examples.

Image of a teacher
Image of a teacher

•Ron Morrison reads aloud an excerpt of John Boston's letter. What is the value of reading primary source documents aloud?

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