Alabama Slave Codes in 1833: What They Can Teach Us About Slaves Themselves

This Alabama Slave Codes in 1833: What They Can Teach Us About Slaves Themselves lesson plan also includes:

After viewing a short PowerPoint about Nat Turner's rebellion, class groups examine Alabama's 1833 slave codes. Individuals then develop a mini-legal brief arguing against one particular slave law.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite an attorney to address the class and provide insight into and examples of legal briefs
Classroom Considerations

  • While the focus of this lesson is on a cultural perspective of Alabama's 1833 slave codes, the concepts can be applied to all the states with slave codes
  • The lesson presumes the class has not yet studied the Nat Turner Rebellion
Pros

  • The 11-page packet includes background information about the slave codes, step-by-step directions for the lesson, links to required materials, extension activities, and a reworded version of the Alabama slave codes
Cons

  • Some class members will need additional scaffolding to successfully draft the legal brief