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Primary Source Adventures: Runaway Slaves Lesson Plan

Fourth graders examine social changes in Texas during last half of ninteenth century relating to the institution of slavery. They brainstorm methods that unhappy slaves may have used to avoid obeying their masters, and read and discuss both an Olmsted excerpt on runaway slaves and the Green Cumby slave narrative. They examine fugitive slave advertisements and consider what life was like for Texas slaves who decided to escape.

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4th
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Social Studies & History
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