Life on a Plantation, 1950

This clip shows a simplified overview of life on the plantation, from the perspective of the “aristocratic wealthy planter”.

The story, told by a narrator as a family tours an old plantation, explains that plantations needed to be self-sufficient because it was difficult to get around.

The slave experience is glossed over with the description “unusual class division”.

Still it would be worth showing a class in order to begin a discussion on the “peculiar institution” and life in the south before the Civil War.

Emancipation Proclamation, 1863

Emancipation

The Emancipation Proclamation packs a lot of punch for such a short document.

This makes it a good opportunity for students to read the primary source without being overwhelmed.

We have included a copy of the transcript as well as questions and answers for your classroom.