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In this program, museum staff lead students in an investigation of statements made by abolitionists and those supporting enslavement during the antebellum period. Topics include the influence of media and the impact of propaganda. Students will create their own public statements using contemporary methods like the spoken word and posters.
Available year-round, weekdays, for grades 5-9. Program lasts one hour or one class period.
Cost: $9 per student
Type of Program: Field Trips, Programs to Go, Summer Programs, After School, Scouts
Related Topics: Slavery and Civil War
Sample Primary Source: “Because Bowen and McNamee refused to sign the call for a meeting to be held at Castle Garden, New York City, to endorse the Fugitive Slave Law, which call had been signed by several thousand merchants, they were publicly attacked and reviled by the press throughout the country, and particularly so by The Journal of Commerce of New York. At last, in self defense, the firm published a card, which has since been quoted the world over.” From Lineage of the Bowens, written by Edward Bowen in 1897. View the card.