What was slavery like in the Colonial North? This is a big research question. To start the discussion is to dispel old stereotypes about a free North, opposed to a slave-ridden South before the Civil War. Colonial America is seen as a patch-work of slavery practices. Students examine primary sources and draw their own conclusions to see what sort of slave life existed in New England. Background information gives some context for each document.
I include a glossary of some of the tougher terms.
There is a mix of multiple-choice and essay questions, and the answer key comes with some notes on grading.
NCSS Standards supported:
1. Culture. b. give examples of how experiences may be interpreted differently by people from diverse cultural perspectives and frames of reference; d. compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment
and social conditions;.
V. Individuals, Groups, & Institutions. c. identify examples of institutions and describe the interactions of people with institutions; e. identify and describe examples of tensions between and individual’s beliefs and government policies and laws; f. give examples of the role of institutions in furthering both continuity and change.
VII. Production, Distribution, & Consumption. f. describe the influence of incentives, values, traditions, and habits on economic decisions.