“Slaves ‘naturally’ resisted their enslavement because slavery was fundamentally unnatural.” Franklin W. Wright
NOTE – Please view and read with maturity and respect, as there are mature ideas and derogatory terms in the primary materials of the time.
How did enslaved persons respond to their life in bondage? It’s one of the most common questions asked by students – so let’s see if we can find some answers. Check out the first part of Anti-Slavery Resistance Movement from Boundless, Slave Resistance from the National Humanities Center and Slave Resistance and Revolts from Digital History to find out how enslaved people responded to their situation. The videos below also discuss various forms of resistance.
One of the most commonly studied forms of resistance was the Underground Railroad, which extended into Wisconsin and is commemorated downtown with the story of Joshua Glover. Scholastic has a great site called “The Underground Railroad – Escape from Slavery”. Take a look at the sections called “Escape!” and “Reaching Safety” to get a better idea about what the trip was like and what happened once the runaways made it to the North. Finally, make sure you read over the “Myths of the Underground Railroad” .
Resistance could be a great narrow topic for a Found Poem – right? If you want, take careful notes, pull out some power lines, and develop a great collection for your creative display of understanding about this dark yet powerful aspect of America’s story.