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Transatlantic Slave Trade
Differences in Location Lesson Plan: Treatment of Early African Americans
Grade levels: Middle and high school, grades 7-12
Concentration area: History, Sociology
After reading the narrative The Domestic Slave Trade, students will examine the differences between enslaved North Americans and the people brought to other countries, such as Brazil. Students will consider weather, culture, endemic diseases, and the care with which the Africans were treated in their analysis. Students will also hypothesize why the North American enslaved population increased, while other countries needed fresh supplies of Africans to keep up with labor demands.
Colonization and Emigration
Little America in Liberia Lesson Plan
Grade levels: High school, grades 9-12
Concentration area: History, World Civilizations, Sociology
The Colonization and Emigration narrative states that, "the colonists made concerted efforts to create a sort of 'little America' in their new surroundings." Students will study the history of Liberia prior to and after the influx of immigrants of African Americans. Once they have investigated the cultural differences between the African Americans newly arrived and Liberians, they will then simulate an exchange between a newly arrived African American and an indigenous Liberian in search of common ground.
Exploring Racism in America Lesson Plan
Grade levels: High school, grades 9-12
Concentration area: History, Sociology
Both free and enslaved African Americans encountered many obstacles in the United States in the Nineteenth century. Colonization and Emigration describes many of the stereotypes, biases, and racist actions that African Americans faced during that time. In Exploring Racism in America, students will look at racism, stereotypes, and biases in their personal lives and in the U.S. media. Students will discuss examples of racism, exploring the types of stereotypes and biases that still exist in our society. They then will compare the United States today to the Nineteenth century.
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