Category: History

The Middle Passage: Universally Shared if Not Individually Experienced

Students in Grade 11 and Grade 12 will read and compare three narratives of enslaved people–Venture Smith, Olaudah Equiano, and Kossula–and create projects based on their experiences in order to understand the details andcultural significances of the Middle Passage and its lasting impact.

Violations of U.S. Commerce & Piracy Act of 1820: transporting Africans to the Americas (including the U.S.)

Students in Grade 8 will analyze a selection of primary sources–including the Constitution, legislation, and court decisions–related to the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade in order to understand the conditions which allowed for continued trafficking of Africans and the Clotilda’s voyage.

What were the Yoruba cultural values and traditions that Kossula and his community members learned as children?

Students in Grade 2 will study Yourba and West African cultural values in order to understand how Kossula’s cultural values helped him to survive enslavement and led to the creation of Africatown. (Note: This is Part 2 of a 4-lesson unit plan. See How did Yoruba cultural values influence the building of Africatown? from Laurie […]