Stories Speak to us

February 20, 2015

In American History I our 9th graders have been taking a look at the 19th century in the years leading up to the Civil War and the Civil War itself. Many topics we have covered this semester thus far cover topics within our country's history that are not positive ones. Students are well aware from a broad perspective what slavery is, but we have incorporated stories from slaves and abolitionists themselves to paint a more real interpretation of slavery. For instance, in our honors class they did an analysis of David Walker’s Appeal and identified different arguments he made. A combination of both Walker’s bold writing style and gut-wrenching stories were students able to really see the problem that lied deep within slavery.  In our other American History I class we read stories from slave auctions and the sad stories of how families were often separated forever at these events. Students have enjoyed the stories and they often spark many more questions about the topic of slavery.