Teaching Lesson # 2

Objective: To explore the cause and effect of flight, resistance, and rebellion among enslaved Africans.

Archive Used:
Library of Congress American Memory
Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture
Virginia Runaways Project

Multimedia Exhibits
African Americans Ohio Multiformat 1850-1920
African Americans Pamphlets 1824-1909

Initiatory Questions:

1. Based on the captions in the newspapers advertisements, what facts did you learn about the fugitives.
2. Describe how the views of different religious sects varied over the question of slavery.
3. Compare and contrast the Fugitive Slave Law of 1793 to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.
4. Explain how Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin had such a major impact on the issue of anti-slavery.

Student Developed Questions and Activities:
Student will be encouraged to find images and narratives of enslaved African Americans.  Students will also consult WPA narratives to explore the issue of harsh conditions and the families being sold away.     

Follow-Up Activities:
1. Consider the argument as to whether the institute of slavery would expend itself because of its inhumanity or because of it was unprofitable in comparison to wage labor.
2. Explore other literary influences that was used to propagandize either a pro-slavery or anti-slavery argument.
Discuss how the conditions of eighteenth century slavery changed by the nineteenth century.  Postulate how these changes contributed to the increase of resistance, rebellion, and flight activity.