African American Slave

You were born into slavery and it is the only way of life you know. You trust Harriet Tubman with all your heart. She is the leader of the Underground Railroad. You have decided to escape through the Underground Railroad. Describe your feelings towards slavery and the conditions and punishments you have endured. What are your biggest fears as you escape through the Underground Railroad? How did free people treat you along the way? What are the advantages and disadvantages of escaping slavery or staying a slave? Share your experiences and thoughts in a letter you write to a friend.
You will need to use lots of adjectives. By reading your letter, family and friends should be able to understand the enormous hardships you encounter as an African American Slave.
 

 This building located on Whitehall Street in Atlanta, Georgia was used for the slave trade.
1864.

 

 

 

 

 

 


To wrap up this webquest, you will present your letter to the class. This is where your character will come alive! You will come dressed as your character and reveal your identity through the letter. You will be graded on your enthusiasm and creativity. You will really have to get to know your character so that you can best portray that person.

You should read the information contained at each site thoroughly with your individual role and task in mind.

Resources:

Guide through the Underground Railroad (EXCELLENT!!)
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/99/railroad/j1.html

An Account by a Runaway Slave
http://education.ucdavis.edu/new/stc/lesson/socstud/railroad/brentesc.htm

Slave Interviews
http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/wpa/index.html

Slave Letters
http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/campbell/hannah-indx.html

American Civil War Home Page
http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/cwarhp.html

CivilWar.com
http://www.civilwar.com/

Civil War for Kids
http://www2.lhric.org/pocantico/civilwar/cwar.htm

Civil War ThinkQuest
http://tqjunior.advanced.org/5970/civilwar/

Documentaries of 2 Communities
http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/vshadow2/

Life in Civil War America
http://www.richmond.edu/~ed344/webquests/civilwarlife/background.html

Underground Railroad
http://education.ucdavis.edu/NEW/STC/lesson/socstud/railroad/contents.html

Slavery Resistance
http://www.afroam.org/history/slavery/index.html