“Stealing a Little Freedom”: Slave Runaways in North Carolina

As part of a study of slavery during the US colonial period, class members investigate the reasons those enslaved chose to run away, the risks inherent in escaping, and methods used to recapture runaways. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Concepts

Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research such questions as the total number of Africans shipped to the US from 1586 to 1866, the number that survived the Middle passage, the number of other enslaved peoples, etc.
Pros

  • The plan, richly detailed and carefully scaffolded, also includes worksheets, images, and activities
  • A plan appropriate for fifth graders is also attached
Cons

  • None
Common Core