This classroom presentation discusses the African American experience in Virginia from the early seventeenth century through the Civil War. Students will explore the daily lives of slaves through the use of replica artifacts and primary sources in the form of letters, inventories, and advertisements.
The students will discuss
tobacco, the labor intensive cash crop of early Virginia
the beginning of slavery in our country
The students will learn about
the types of food and clothing that were issued to slaves
slaves' living and working conditions
politics and controversies associated with slavery
The VHS educator may discuss several famous names associated with slavery and abolition, such as:
James Armistead Lafayette
Henry "Box" Brown
This program covers mature topics and may not be suitable for all ages.