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Seeking Historical Detectives to Discover Who Was John Brown?

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Young historians act as detectives in order to examine the characteristics of controversial abolitionist John Brown in the 1850s, working to identify his ultimate mission regarding slavery and the larger impact he had on the Civil War.
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Man in the Middle: Thomas Day and the Free Black Experience

For Teachers 5th Standards
How did free and enslaved blacks work to craft freedom for themselves and their families before the Civil War? Young historians read about the life of Thomas Day, a free black man who also owned slaves and had abolitionist ties in...
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Slavery in the North

For Students 6th Standards
Did you know Sovjourner Truth's birth name was Isabella Baumfree? Read about this famous abolitionist that was sold multiple times as a slave before she was finally emancipated in 1828.
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Literature for Lesson 4 - Abolitionists

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine the definition of abolition and abolitionists. In this abolition lesson, students complete vocabulary work before reading about Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass. They watch a video about Harriet...
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Abolition Movement

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
An enslaved man is rescued by a mob of abolitionists. But are the true mobsters those who held him in bondage? Budding historians consider these questions as they examine a publication from an abolitionist group explaining the dramatic...
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Abolitionists Worksheet

For Students 5th - 8th
A table with abolitionists Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and William Lloyd Garrison provides space to note the race, motivation, and accomplishment of each. Scholars are instructed to write a paragraph about one they'd like to meet...
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Exploring the Life of a Slave

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore importance of abolitionists who worked to advance freedoms of black Americans prior to/during Reconstruction era, read and identify key concepts in Frederick Douglass's narrative, recognize how Douglass's slave...
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Defenders of Justice

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners research abolitionists, civil rights advocates, and their allies to learn about racism and justice. In this racism and justice instructional activity, students define justice and sing a song about activism. Learners review the...
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American Abolitionists

For Teachers 5th - 11th
This comprehensive resource for teaching about the abolitionist movement will make your life easier and benefit your class. It includes standards, essential questions, necessary materials, background activity, the main activity, and...
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Sojourner Truth- Mini Biography

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Young historians discover the history of a famed fugitive slave, abolitionist, and women's rights activist in this brief and engaging video on Sojourner Truth.
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John Quincy Adams- Mini Biography

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
From his extensive experience working with his father and founding father of the United States, John Adams, to an expertise in foreign policy and abolitionist work on the Amistad case, introduce your young historians to the rich...
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The Abolitionist Movement

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine a petition presented by the Quakers to the Delaware General Assembly in 1785 and an anti-slavery broadside published in 1836.
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So You Want to Be an Abolitionist?

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders become conductors on the Underground Railroad In this abolition instructional activity, 3rd graders read background information about the railroad prior to making presentations to the their classmates about how they can...
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Abolitionist Speeches

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders analyze historical abolitionist speeches to gain knowledge of the social, economic and political effects of institutional racism and discrimination. They write an essay analyzing an abolitionist speech. Pupils write...
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1856-1865: Abolitionists and the Civil War

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this abolition lesson, students watch "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and discuss the philanthropic acts they witnessed in the film. Students also complete an activity that requires them to determine...
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Leaders and their Beliefs: The Abolitionist and Suffrage Movement

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders create a thought bubble for an image of an abolitionist or suffrage leader. In this lesson on past leaders, 6th graders demonstrate their understanding of abolition and suffrage by making an appropriate dialogue/thought...
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Harriet Beecher Stowe: Uncle Tom's Cabin

For Students 8th - 12th
Harriet Beecher Stowe's passion for abolitionism culminated when Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, forcing Northern states to become complicit in the act of slavery. A short video dramatizes the events preceding the...
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Two Views of the Slave Ship Brookes

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Actual ship diagrams and a table of voyage data gives young historians an authentic glimpse of on-board experiences during the Atlantic Slave Trade. The class examines a projected diagram of the slave ship Brooks, recording thoughts....
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Frederick Douglass: This is Your Life; The Abolitionist

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders study the abolitionist movement in antebellum America.
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The Abolitionist Movement

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the Abolitionist Movement in Delaware. In groups, they examine a petition presented to the general assembly and an anti-slavery broadside. They compare and contrast the two documents and develop their own broadside to...
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The Abolitionist Movement: A Fight for Freedom

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders investigate the Civil War by identifying famous figures of the era. In this slavery abolitionist lesson plan, 6th graders read a text on the history of the Civil War and discuss heroes of the era such as Harriet Tubman and...
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Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students develop computer research skills while searching facts about Harriet Tubman. Students learn about ways in which Harriet Tubman's childhood influenced her future. Students learn to use primary documents to learn about the...
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Causes of the Civil War

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders identify and discuss the causes of the Civil War. They define the vocabulary terms-Civil War, economy, plantations, abolitionist, secede, and slave; read and discuss reading passages about the Civil War, and answer...
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A Debate Against Slavery

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Slavery is a serious topic that can be challenging for middle schoolers to study. Young scholars can see firsthand through primary sources what occurred during that time period in the United States. The third of five lessons provides...

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