New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_A3625
A newspaper advertisement for a runaway slave, printed in the Ulster Plebian, Kingston, New York, September 17, 1823.
What does the newspaper ad show?
What section of the newspaper do you think it would be in?
Why doesn’t the runaway slave have a last name?
What does “harbor or employ him” mean?
Why wouldn’t the slave owner want that?
What hardships would you encounter if you were a runaway slave?
Who and what might you see along the way (geography, weather, people, animals)?
Rewrite the U.S. Constitution to indicate who was really included in “We the People”.
Math: If a runaway slave had a 1-in-15 chance of making it to freedom in Canada, out of 100 slaves about how many would make it?
Science: How did the cotton gin work? Did this invention require more or fewer slaves?
English Language Arts: Write a persuasive letter concerning the legality of the Fugitive Slave Law in regards to a state’s constitutional rights.
Greene, Meg. Slave Young, Slave Long. Lerner Publishing Group, February 1999. ISBN:0822517396
Ringgold, Faith. Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky. Crown Books for Young Readers, December 1995. ISBN:0517885433
Winter, Jeanette. Follow the Drinking Gourd. Knopf Publishing Group, January 1992. ISBN:0679819975
Kamma, Anna. If You Lived When There was Slavery in America. Scholastic, Inc., January 2004. ISBN:0439567068