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Middle School Learning Activities
An Introduction to Using Primary Documents


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Women's Actions for Equality

Throughout American history, women have struggled to gain legal, economic, political, and social equality. This activity asks students to examine actions historical women have used in this struggle. Students will also identify actions that they can take, as citizens in a democracy, to bring about change.    

Slavery in New Jersey                                  

Many people do not realize that chattel slavery, and especially the slavery of women, is a part of New Jersey's history.  This activity asks students to examine and imaginatively interpret documents and images relating to the experience of enslaved African American women in order to better understand the realities of life under slavery and gradual manumission.

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Funded by a Special Projects Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.