Grade 5
A Closer Look
  Slave Culture
(Use with pp. 410-411.)

Visit these Internet sites to learn more about the history of slavery in the Americas and the culture developed by the Africans who were forced into slavery.

Up from Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker Taliaferro Washington
Read the online autobiography of Booker T. Washington, a leading African American educator who founded Tuskegee Institute. Washington relates his early life as a slave, his efforts to educate himself, and his dedication to helping others and educating African Americans.
http://www.alcyone.com/max/lit/slavery/index.html

Frederick Douglass
Here you can find the details of Frederick Douglass' escape from slavery, his determination to educate himself, his struggles as a free man, and his rise to abolitionist leader in the North. This online biography offers a moving portrait of the life of this brave man.
http://www.history.rochester.edu/class/DOUGLASS/HOME.html

Sectional Conflict
Part of a terrific American history site in the Netherlands, this page provides good background information on the regional differences between the North and South during the mid-1800s, and how those differences led to the outbreak of the Civil War. Information on the conflicting economic interests of the two regions and the debate over slavery are included.
http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/H/1994/chap6.htm

The African-American Mosaic
This powerful resource from the Library of Congress leads visitors through four significant themes in early black American history: the colonization movement, the beginnings of abolition, the Great Migration, and African-American contributions to the Works Progress Administration. The exhibit includes some photos but is primarily text-based.
http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/african/intro.html

 


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