MAAP | Mapping the African American Past

Freedom’s Journal: “We Wish to Plead Our Own Cause” - 4th Grade Adaptation


How does Freedom’s Journal reflect and/or advance the formation of an African American community in antebellum

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify areas of concern to the African American community in the 1820s.
  • explain how the establishment of the nation’s first African American newspaper addressed these areas of concern.

Essential Questions:

  • How did the existence of slavery shape African American communal life and cultural expression?
  • How did acts of resistance shape African American cultural heritage and community?

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