Philip Reid and the Statue of Freedom

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Approach the concept of freedom in United States history from a variety of angles and delve into rich primary source analysis practice. Pupils study the Statue of Freedom, which sits atop the dome of the Capitol building in Washington DC, as well as analyze several historical documents regarding the purchase of slaves, emancipation, and abolitionism in American history.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use this resource as guiding document for designing a thematic unit on freedom, or include it in your study of the emancipation of slaves during the Civil War
  • Supplement with any primary source worksheets or processes you currently utilize in your class in order to maintain consistency in your approach
Pros

  • Rich primary source analysis
  • Graphics and informational text are clear and well organized
Cons

  • None