Slaves and Freedmen


US History Life Before the Civil War Slaves and Freedmen
Students learn about the social, economic, and political conditions of free and enslaved African Americans. Then, they conduct research into the Dred Scott Supreme Court case.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn about the social, economic, and political conditions of free and enslaved African Americans. Then, they conduct research into the Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court case.

Objectives:

  • Compare the economic, social, and political conditions of free and enslaved African Americans.
  • Explain the impact of the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision.


The history of slavery in America goes further back in history than the invention of the cotton gin and southern plantations. The earliest settlers in the northern and southern colonies owned slaves. When the North became more industrialized, the need for slaves diminished and slavery became a regional practice, focused in the South.

Objectives:

  • Compare the economic, social, and political conditions of free and enslaved African Americans.
  • Explain the impact of the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision.




Family of Slaves


Name a book you have read or a movie you have seen about the life of a slave.

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Based on student responses, ask them what they learned about the life of a slave.


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