If we don't, there is a chance that those mistakes may be made again. We are going to read about a young slave girl who lived in Rhode Island. I want you to imagine that instead of going to school you worked in the fields all day without a break.
It is important to know where we come from and what mistakes people made in the past.
Please read the passage about a day in her life. Imagine that it is you and then we will share what we think.
Highlight anything she says that stands out to you.
Try not to worry. My great-great-great-great grandfather was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and even he owned slaves.
I was surprised when she described how hard she had to work or she would get in trouble from the slave master.
I can't believe I ever thought school was the worst thing in the world....
For homework, I want you all to ask your parents and grandparents if your families had any connection to slavery. I think you'll be surprised what you find out.
I agree, Justin. It's horrible how these people were treated. I want you to know about this so you can think about how lucky we are to live how we live.
But what if we find out that our relatives owned slaves?!
I sure hope my family had nothing to do with this!
That doesn't make him or me a bad person. Some slaves lived fine lives working in the homes and taking care of children.