Letters From The Underground

Letters From The Underground

In this workshop students will work with authentic photographs of former American slaves and slave children. Using the portraits as inspiration, students will listen to excerpts from actual letters written by escaped slaves, owners, and conductors who were involved in U.S. slave trade and the Underground Railroad effort. Many of these letters were written in code and provide an interesting starting point for examining the practice of slavery and the “criminal literacy” of enslaved people. Students will be challenged to assume the identity of the person in the photograph they receive and will write a letter that responds to the content of the original correspondence.


    Grade Level: 4-12
    Audience Limit: 30
    Workshop cost (90 minutes of less): $196.00



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