Primary Source Worksheet: Excerpt of Senate Bill Proposing an End to the Slave Trade

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To sign or not to sign? That is the question facing readers of the 1807 bill proposing an end to the slave trade. After a close reading of excerpts from the bill, readers are asked to advise Thomas Jefferson either to sign or reject the bill.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Ask groups to investigate other Jefferson primary source documents and then characterize this famous statesman's political views
  • Use the resource to model how to read informational text and primary source materials
  • The photo of the document introduces young historians to some of the challenges reseachers face in trying to read original copies of primary source materials
Classroom Considerations

 

 

Pros

  • Text-based questions guide the close reading of the primary source
Cons

  • Alas, no printed copy of the text is included in the resource