“I Have Bought You. Come With Me.”
The Harsh Realities of the Slave Markets in Tennessee
Guiding Questions:What was slavery?
Objectives: Students will
1. Start with a class discussion on slavery. Ask what were some of the harsh measures about slavery? Who were slaves?
2. Have students read the “Slavery” page in the Age of Jackson era on the tn4me.org web site.
3. Divide the class into groups of seven:
4. Have students read the seven slave stories from the “Life as a Slave” page.
5. Using the slave stories, hold a class discussion on some characteristics of life as a slave. Complete the graphic organizer with students.
6. Explain that one of the most feared punishment or characteristics of slavery was being sold away from their homes or families.
7. Use the slave auction document at http://tn4me.org/images/upload/File/slaveauction.jpg. Explain that this document depicts the harsh reality of slaves. Impress upon students that it is a real artifact and that the people identified in this document were real people. (Another good analysis document is http://tn4me.org/images/upload/File/slavessold.jpg.)
8. Distribute copies of the slave auction advertisement and the document analysis worksheets.
9. Groups should work together to analyze the document and answer the questions.
10. Hold a class discussion about this document. What surprised you? What do you want to know more about from this document?
11. Discuss aspects of life as a slave. Was life as a slave always terrible? What qualities of life were they able to carve out?