African American Experiences: Window to the Past
African American experiences during slavery are identified in the National History Standards under United States History, Era 2: Standard 3C, which states, "the student understands African life under slavery." A quick search of state standards reveals that the teaching of this subject generally occurs during grades 5-8. Naturally, the best way to learn about daily life, culture, and history is to draw upon the firsthand accounts of people who lived during that time period. Primary sources are tailor-made for studying this topic.
Let's embark on a journey back in time using eyewitness accounts, diaries, newspaper articles, broadsides, engravings, and songs to help us understand the cultural landscape of the period. It should be noted that much of the material expresses the language, experiences, and viewpoints of the era in which it was written. ...
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