This Man in the Middle: Thomas Day and the Free Black Experience lesson plan also includes:
- Teacher Tool 1: Brief Biography of Thomas Day
- Teacher Tool 2: An Overview of the Free Black Experience, Thomas Day's World
- Student Handout 1: Thomas Day Timeline
- Student Handout 2: Crafting Freedom, How They did It
- Who Was Thomas Day?
- Additional Resources (Articles, Books, Websites)
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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 nineteenth-century America.
- Front-load any vocabulary words that learners may have difficulty with in the reading before beginning the assignments
- For younger learners, consider focusing on the concept of freedom and what it means to be without some of the freedoms that most people may take for granted
- Learners should have a solid understanding of the institution of slavery, as well as the concept of abolitionism, prior to beginning this lesson
- Preview the materials to determine if they are appropriate for the age and maturity level of your class
- All reading passages and worksheets included (see included materials)
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