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Transatlantic Slave Trade
Religion and the Atlantic Slave Trade Lesson Plan
Grade levels: High school, grades 9-12
Concentration area: History, World Religion
Used in conjunction with The Transatlantic Slave Trade, this lesson informs students about the historical role of religion in the slave trade. The Catholic expulsion of the Muslim Moors from the Iberian Peninsula, the Protestant Reformation, and the strife between indigenous African religions and Islam all had an impact on the history of slavery in Africa. Students will research fifteenth-nineteenth century religious thought (Catholic, Protestant, or Muslim) about moral questions regarding enslavement, trade in slaves, inherited slavery, and the rights of slaves. The lesson is targeted for high school students, grades nine-12.
Colonization and Emigration
Retain or Abandon, Adapt or Convert? The Immigrant's Dilemma Lesson Plan
Grade levels: Middle school, grades 6-8
Concentration area: Social Studies, World Religion
The narrative Colonization and Emigration examines the experiences of African Americans who emigrated to Haiti, Liberia, and other countries to discover that their religious, capitalistic, and westernized values clashed with the prevailing cultures into which they had entered. Retain or Abandon, Adapt or Convert? examines the dilemma faced by emigrants, whether they should retain and promote the values of their homeland or adapt and assimilate to those of their new land. This lesson may be used in conjunction with or as a follow-up to reading the narrative. Students will examine the problems and options facing immigrants and formulate a position paper based on the reading and their familiarity with immigration issues in the United States about how immigrants can best balance heritage and adaptation.
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