Monday, February 14, 2005

Priscilla, a slave story

The Providence Journal is runnig 3-part story on slavery (part 1, part 2, part 3). In particular, it goes "behind the scenes" of Edward Ball's National Book Award-winning Slaves in the Family and tells the story of how Ball, a desecendant of a plantation owner, discovered the family and descendents of one particular slave, named Priscilla, who was owned by Ball's ancestor. I'll leave it to you to read the series. There is much here that could be useful in the classroom. I particularly like the graphic of the triangle trade (PDF here) and the very useful page of related links. It is compelling reading.

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