This Jackdaw is the appropriate reading level for upper elementary, middle school and high school students reading below grade level. It contains the same, ready-to-use, hands-on historical documents as the original, upper-level Jackdaw; most of the documents are actual-size replicas. The fully reproducible Broadsheets provide historical background for understanding the documents.
Students will learn about the development of the slave trade in the Americas from 1503, when the first slaves were brought to the Caribbean, to its abolition throughout the British Empire. This shameful story shows that slaving was a lucrative trade. For hundreds of years even devout Christians saw nothing wrong with it. Hands-on-history documents graphically depict the evils of the trade — See how slaves were jammed side-by-side on the ship Brookes, read ads selling slaves, and find how the world dealt with slavery. Historian: John Langdon-Davies, adapted by Muriel L. Dubois. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:
Timeline: Prehistory to 1808
- Slavery in North America
- Horrors of the Middle Passage
- A Change in Opinion
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities
Plan of the slave ship Brookes, 1808.
- Portrait of William Wilberforce by Sir Thomas Lawrence.
- A bill (advertisement) for a West Indian slave auction, 1829.
- Selected pages from the Journal of John Newton, 1750-54.
- Report, resolutions and remonstrance from the Council and Assembly of Jamaica to Great Britain’s House of Commons, 1789.
- Accounts of the numbers of Negroes delivered to the islands of Barbados, Jamaica and Antigua, 1698-1701.
- Cartoons depicting various views of slavery, 1790-1832.
- Sold into slavery: scenes from slave life.