19th Century Abolitionism
Essential Question:
Who were the Abolitionists, and how did they work to abolish slavery in the 19th century?

Areas of Interest:
Abolitionism: A Background
research and report on:
• Tell us the history of the Abolitionist movement in the U.S.

Places to start:
Africans in America: History of Abolitionism
"I Will Be Heard" - Abolitionism in America
Opposition to Slavery
Brief Biography of Harriet Tubman
Anti-Slavery Activists
Making Anti-Slavery Movement Popular
Abolitionism 1830-1850


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Fighting Back and Escape
research and report on the daily lives of:
• The ways slaves fought back while they were still in chains
• The stories of slaves who escaped from freedom, and how they did it
• The white responses to this fighting back

Places to start:
Slave Rebellions
The Amistad Case
"I Will Be Heard" - Black Resistance
Frederick Douglass' Account of his Escape to Freedom
Primary Sources: Slave Ship Mutiny
The New York Revolt of 1712
The Stono Rebellion of 1739
Report from William Bull regarding the Stono Rebellion
The Impact of the Stono Rebellion on Slaveowners
(scan through for more info!)
Maroon Societies
Primary Sources:  Slave Rebellions

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Famous Abolitionists
research and report on:
• Famous abolitionists - what are their stories?
• Who were they?
• Why did they get involved?
•What did they do to fight against slavery
•2-3 Abolitionists should be sufficient

Places to start:

Frederick Douglass
William Loyd Garrison
David Walker
Henry Highland Garnet
Angelina Grimke
Sojourner Truth
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Harriet Tubman
Other Abolitionists
"I Will Be Heard" - Prominent Abolitionists
Opposition to Slavery
African-Americans in Slavery

Anti-Slavery Activists
Making Anti-Slavery Movement Popular

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The Underground Railroad
research and report on:
• What was the Underground Railroad?
• How did it work?
• Explain some of the ways slaves communicated secrets about escape.
• Who are some of the people who worked on the railroad?
• Was there an Underground Railroad in Illinois?  What was it like?

Places to start:
Choose Your Own Adventure: The Underground Railroad
American Experience: A Brief History of the Underground Railroad
Follow the Drinking Gourd
Brief Biography of Harriet Tubman
Learn About the Underground Railroad
"I Will Be Heard" - Black Resistance
Anthony Cohen's Diary (he was on the Underground Railroad)

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