American Slavery: Runaway Fugitive Slave Ads

American Slavery: Runaway Fugitive Slave Ads
American Slavery: Runaway Fugitive Slave Ads
American Slavery: Runaway Fugitive Slave Ads
American Slavery: Runaway Fugitive Slave Ads
American Slavery: Runaway Fugitive Slave Ads
American Slavery: Runaway Fugitive Slave Ads
American Slavery: Runaway Fugitive Slave Ads
American Slavery: Runaway Fugitive Slave Ads
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Students really get into this activity. I suggest a Gallery Walk or group activity. Students analyze 10 primary source advertisements in US newspapers for wanted fugitive slaves. Each image is large and high resolution. For each ad, they infer what can be learned about the runaway slave(s) and what can be inferred about owner based on how they chose to describe their slave. Irony abounds as owners call their slaves "ignorant" or "lazy" or "stupid" in one breath, then in another warn that they speak multiple languages, possess many coveted skills and were able to escape in creative ways. Students then compare ads for similarities and explain which ads stood out to them personally and why. We have great class discussions after this activity.
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11 pages
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Does not apply
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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