Lesson: Looking at Slavery in America
Author: Model Lesson
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 6 - 8
How did slave owners want slavery viewed? How did that vision compare with slaves' experiences? In this unit you will explore how different kinds of sources can influence how we think about history.
You will be able to explain how the portrayal of slavery differed between slaves and slave owners.
First, read the background information "What's in a painting?" Then click on the activities below to investigate different ways people have depicted slavery in America.
Directions: Artists don't paint a scene exactly as it is. They use light, color and perspective to shape how you will see and feel about a scene. As you look at a painting, consider: --What are your eyes immediately drawn to? --What seems to be most important? --If there are people, what detail can you describe about them? Then ask yourself, what did the artist want you to focus on, how did he or she want you to feel? What things were meant to be important? Why?
Directions: South Carolina's early economy depended on plantations run almost entirely on slave labor. This site discusses the conditions for slaves on Gowrie Plantation, a typical South Carolina plantation. Make sure to click on the links about "Poor Health" and "Poor Shelter" to find out more.
coffle a line of people tied together by a rope or chain
redemption in this case redemption means, when someone is freed because someone has paid for them