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Slave Resistance

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Civics +3 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
This collection includes items representing various forms of slave resistance and rebellion. Students should determine what kind of actions are pictured in the case of each item and use them to create a robust definition of slave resistance.

Guiding Questions:
What does it mean to "resist" slavery?
How did white slave-owners respond to such actions?
Is maintaining a distinct cultural heritage a form of resistance? Why or why not?
How do religion, art, and music encourage resistance?

The Amistad Case

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Tool chest

Anacostia Community Museum

Broadside for a reward for fugitive slaves George, Jefferson, Esther, and Amanda

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Nat Turner

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Henry Highland Garnet

National Portrait Gallery

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery