Category Archives: Antebellum Reform

Frederick Douglass – Fourth of July Oration (1852) Primary Source Analysis with Questions

    Frederick Douglass “Fourth of July Oration” July 5, 1852 The lengthy and poignant speech is divided into three lesson activities complete with analysis questions. Click on the links below to download the primary source documents with reading questions. … Continue reading

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The Cowardly Assault on Mr. Sumner – New York Times article (May 23, 1856)

New York Times article regarding the Caning of Senator Sumner:      Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts THE COWARDLY ASSAULT ON MR. SUMNER. FROM OUR REGULAR TELEGRAPHIC REPORTER New York Times May 23, 1856 Immediately after the adjournment of Congress, today, … Continue reading

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A review of Uncle Tom’s Cabin – July 16, 1853 (NY Times) Primary Source Analysis Activity

This post consists of a literary review of Uncle Tom’s Cabin which appeared on July 16, 1863 in the New York Times. In addition, a set of primary source analysis questions are accompany the article. Uncle Tom’s Cabin Primary Source … Continue reading

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Frederick Douglass – The Hyprocrisy of American Slavery ( Abolition speech ) 1852

   Frederick Douglass Home, Washington, D.C. Frederick Douglass – The Hypocrisy of American Slavery July 4, 1852 Fellow citizens, pardon me, and allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I or those … Continue reading

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Antebellum Reform, Abolitionist & Women’s Movements (powerpoint)

     Abolition and Women’s Reform Movement The attached powerpoint provides a brief description of the Antebellum Reform Era of the Abolitionist and Women’s Movement of the mid-19th century.

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Dorothea Dix speaks out on behalf of the Insane (1848) primary source document with guided question

Dorothea Dix Speaks on behalf of the Insane Antebellum reformer Dorothea Dix addresses the Massachusetts legislature about the poor conditions  and treatment of the mentally ill in 1848. Primary source document with a guided question.

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Declaration of Sentiments of the Seneca Falls Convention – 1848 (women suffrage) primary source document w/ reading questions

   Declaration of Sentiments of the Seneca Falls Convention This primary source document marked the beginning of the seventy-year struggle for women’s suffrage as Elizabeth Cady Stanton hosted the Seneca Falls Convention for women in up-state New York. In addition, this … Continue reading

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