New 1619 Project Unit Plan: The African and African American Experience of Slavery from Pre-Colonial Africa to the New Republic

Posted by Pulitzer Center on April 19, 2022

This unit was created by social studies educators in Fort Worth, TX Schools, as part of the 2021 cohort of The 1619 Project Education Network. It is designed for facilitation across approximately 2-3 weeks, or 6-11 class periods for middle school grades.

Objectives and Outcomes

  • Students will understand the difference between pre-colonial and colonial slavery by examining the social structure in West Africa and the Americas.
  • Students will understand that colonial leaders codified slavery to assign a legal status to Africans in the colonies.
  • Students will evaluate how leaders of the new republic created  founding documents to perpetuate and protect the institution of slavery.
  • Students will analyze how free blacks and fugitive slaves challenged the institution of slavery in the new republic.

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