MAAP | Mapping the African American Past

James McCune Smith: A Model of Resistance - 4th Grade Adaptation


Can intellectual leaders and the spread of their ideas be considered acts of resistance against slavery?

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:
  • Connect a person's education to their ability to be independent and to resist oppression.
  • Identify James McCune Smith and his views on the responsibility of African Americans to make positive changes in society.

Essential Questions:

  • What constituted an act of resistance of African Americans against the institution of slavery?
  • Are some acts of resistance more effective than others?

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