Timeline of Slavery in America

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Slavery in America Timeline

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Students will create a timeline that represents the major events of the Slave Trade. Students may incorporate primary sources or other research from class to represent these events. Students can focus on the events that occurred in Africa leading up to the Slave Trade or focus on America’s role. This activity will give students a better perspective of the impact of slavery as a whole, and how it fits into the bigger picture of history.

Students may choose to include the following events in their timeline

  • First Slaves Arrive in America
  • Massachusetts Legalizes Slavery
  • The Fugitive Slave Act
  • The Cotton Gin is Invented
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin is Published
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • Civil War Begins
  • 13th Amendment Ratified

For an alternative to the timeline layout, have students create a timeline poster to incorporate into a presentation or gallery walk. You can add more than one template to this assignment to give students lots of options!


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Student Instructions

Create a timeline detailing the important events in the history of the Slave Trade.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Add cells to your timeline as needed.
  3. List out each of the events in sequential order.
  4. In the description boxes, describe the events.
  5. Create an image in each cell that depicts the events, using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save the storyboard and submit it to the assignment.
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