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The Life of an Enslaved Person in America

12 minutes 44 seconds

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Part of the "America's Journey Through Slavery" series. Explores the daily life and customs of enslaved children and adults from Colonial times through the Emancipation. What foods did they eat? How did they celebrate marriage? What role did singing play in their lives? Through live-action vignettes, reenactments, archival photographs, and animated maps, the hardships and plight of African Americans living under the institution of slavery are dramatized. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) expanded description, (2) English subtitles in a black box, (3) subtitled description.

Media Details

Runtime: 12 minutes 44 seconds

Black man in a white tunic stands on a platform to the right of 2 men in suits and top hats. Caption. To stand on a raised platform.
America's Journey Through Slavery
Season 0 / Ep 1
12 minutes 44 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 10
Black people in period costumes gather around a fire pit in the grass with log cabins in background. Caption. And they had no personal freedoms at all.
America's Journey Through Slavery
Season 0 / Ep 2
12 minutes 51 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 10
Black woman faces away from camera and looks over her right shoulder within a forested setting. Caption. The journey for Harriet was long and hard.
America's Journey Through Slavery
Season 0 / Ep 3
12 minutes 30 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 10
Black men wade along the edge of a river surrounded by trees. Caption. Garrett helped more than 2,000 enslaved people to freedom.
America's Journey Through Slavery
Season 0 / Ep 4
11 minutes 14 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 10
A senior man in a striped shirt and suspenders opens mouth in mid-speech and faces a young man in a suit jacket while standing in front of an open doorway. Caption. Lincoln was still interested in politics.
America's Journey Through Slavery
Season 0 / Ep 5
13 minutes 25 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 10

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    Lisa B. (Worcester, MA)
    February 8th, 2016 at 01:41 PM

    Very good for visual learners - my student with Autism/hearing issues loves being able to read along.

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    Alexandria R. (Greenville, SC)
    September 23rd, 2015 at 07:23 AM

    Students immediately asked to watch it again they were in such awe.