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Facing Slavery Activity!

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Facing Slavery Activity!
In this experiential exercise, you will examine three harsh dilemmas that West Africans had to face because of European slave traders. You'll need a History Alive textbook, your Social Studies Folder, Play Doh, and a computer (if available).

Dilemma # 1: The European Slave Trade in West Africa

1. Please read sections 8.3 and 8.4 in your History Alive textbook or my Facing Slavery PowerPoint.

2. Discuss this question with your group: Why did European traders come to West Africa?

3. Respond to the following dilemma:
Suppose that Europeans have been trading guns for slaves with your rival village. You now need guns for protection. Discuss the options below with your group. What should you do? Why?

a. We should refuse to sell slaves to Europeans.
b. We should raid villages and capture people to trade for guns.
c. We should trade our prisoners of war for guns

4. Create a representation of of Dilemma # 1: The European Slave Trade in West Africa using...Play Doh! Before you begin, think about what you read and discussed with your group. Your goal is to make it totally obvious for the other groups to know what's going on with your creation. You don't have much time so keep it simple! Check out my creations if you need some inspiration.


Dilemma # 2: The Middle Passage

1. Please read sections 8.5 and 8.6 in your History Alive textbook or my Facing Slavery PowerPoint. Then, create a list of five words and/or phrases that best describe the voyage enslaved Africans were forced to make.

2. Take a look at the picture of a European slave ship and discuss the following questions with your group:
• What do you see in the top half of the image?
• What do you see in the lower half of the image?
• Who might draw this image of enslaved Africans tightly packed on a ship?
• How would you feel if you were one of these enslaved people?
• How might enslaved Africans have responded to these cruel conditions?


3. Respond to the following dilemma:
Suppose that you are an enslaved African on board a slave ship headed for North America. How would you respond to the inhumane conditions of the Middle Passage? Why? Before making this decision, discuss the options with your group.
a. I would refuse to eat and would resist any help from the slave traders or other captured Africans.
b. I would try to organize a revolt by the captive Africans against the slave traders, although I might be killed.
c. I would try to maintain my strength in order to survive the voyage.

4. Create a representation of of Dilemma # 2: The Middle Passage using...Play Doh! Before you begin, think about what you read and discussed with your group. Your goal is to make it totally obvious for the other groups to know what's going on with your creation. You don't have much time so keep it simple! Check out my creation if you need some inspiration.


Dilemma # 3: Arrival in America

1. Please read sections 8.7 and 8.8 in your History Alive textbook or my Facing Slavery PowerPoint.

2. Discuss the two ways enslaved Africans were sold when the arrived in North America, and the horrible things that happened to them in their first year.

3. Respond to the following dilemma:
Suppose that a plantation owner bought you at a slave auction and sent you to work in the tobacco fields. How would you respond to your new life? Why? Discuss the options with your group before making your final decision.
a. I would run away, although I might be caught and punished severely.
b. I would resist by breaking tools, working slowly, acting sick, and singing songs with
secret messages.
c. I would work hard and obey the rules, in hopes that I might be treated well.

4. Create a representation of of Dilemma # 3: Arrival in America using...Play Doh! Before you begin, think about what you read and discussed with your group. Your goal is to make it totally obvious for the other groups to know what's going on with your creation. You don't have much time so keep it simple! Check out my creations if you need some inspiration.

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