This lesson plan will explore the wide-ranging debate over American slavery by presenting the lives of its leading opponents and defenders and the views they held about America’s “peculiar institution.”
We generally consider our country’s Forefathers to be the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, or the U.S. Constitution. Which names should become as familiar to Americans as those of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr.? This lesson puts students in touch with some key documents of the equal rights movement as well as other sources for locating information about the Foremothers of women’s equality.
After a brief introduction to the Transcendentalist movement of the 1800s, students develop a working definition of Transcendentalism by answering and discussing a series a questions about their own individualism and relationship to nature.