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NOVEMBER 1, 2011


"Finding Slaves in Unexpected Places"

Slavery was not a southern monopoly, James Breig explains in this article from the Colonial Williamsburg Journal. Though many northern states enacted gradual emancipation laws to slowly abolish slavery within their borders, "nobody wanted to quit" slave owning, historian Ira Berlin says. The "commitment to slavery ran very deep" among slave owners in the North, "even when it contradicted their ideology...Slavery was not a minor institution, and it took enormous energy and about fifty years to end it. It didn't go easily." Even with northern abolition, the percentage of enslaved people in the United States stayed steady from 1790-1860.

Primary Source of the Month

Map Showing the Distribution of the Slave Population of the Southern States...
"Map Showing the Distribution of the Slave Population of the Southern States..."
Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division

This map shows the percentage of slaves in the population of each of the counties of the southern states. It was sold to raise money for sick and wounded soldiers in the Union army, and was drawn based on information from the census of 1860.

Harsh World, This World EFT
The Next Electronic Field Trip
is Harsh World, This World
November 17, 2011

Find sources of federal funding for EFTs in this PDF.

Downloadable American History
Lesson Plans from ABC-CLIO
and Colonial Williamsburg

Teaching News

National Council for Social Studies Conference: Washington, D.C., Dec. 2–4

Colonial Williamsburg will be presenting three sessions at the NCSS annual conference this year:

  • The Great Debate: Digital Technology for the American History Learner
    Friday 12/2, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
  • Political Cartoons
    Friday 12/2, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
  • Civil Strife
    Saturday 12/3, 8:00-9:00 a.m.
  • Sing Freedom, See Freedom: African American Primary Sources for Kids
    Sunday 12/4, 8:00-10:00 a.m.
  • We will also have exhibit space at booth 508.

    November Podcasts
    November Podcasts
    11/07: Inventing the Submarine
    11/14: A Method for Madness
    11/21: Indians and the Thanksgiving Story
    11/28: Seperate and Unequal

    The Idea of America
    The Idea of America
    A digital American history program that inspires and prepares high school students for active citizenship, developed by Colonial Williamsburg and distributed by Pearson Education.

    Attention Hawaii Educators
    Funding available for
    Electronic Field Trips


    Colonial Williamsburg CONNECT

    Teaching Strategy: Interpreting Census Data on Slavery

    In the years slavery was legal in this country, the census recorded the enslaved population of each state. In this lesson, students will use census data and maps relating to the enslaved population and the U.S. population as a whole to answer questions about population density, migration patterns, and the changing nature of slavery in the United States from 1790 to 1830.

    Colonial Williamsburg Teaching Resources for Your Classroom

    2011–2012 Teaching Resources Catalog

    Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of quality instructional materials about 18th-century life, including:

    • Slave's Bag Hands-on History Kit
    • From Ear to Ear CD-ROM
    • No Master Over Me EFT on DVD

    Kids Zone: History, Games & Fun

    2010 Distance Learning Award
    21st Century Award
    for Best Practices in Distance Learning, preK–12
    United States Distance Learning Association, 2010

    2011 AEP Finalist
    Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist 2011
    Association of Educational Publishers

    Quotation of the Month

    "...they earnestly entreat your serious attention to the Subject of Slavery, that you will be pleased to countenance the Restoration of liberty to those unhappy Men, who alone, in this land of Freedom, are degraded into perpetual Bondage, and who, amidst the general Joy of surrounding Freemen, are groaning in Servile Subjection..."

    —Benjamin Franklin, in a petition from the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery, February 3, 1790.

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    by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.

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