Slavery was the topic of the day as we sought to gain a more nuanced and detailed understanding of its nature and its effects on those that were enslaved, the societies and economies of the slave states, and the people who fought for abolition. Hopefully your investigation of the data and documents today, along with our analysis and debriefing conversations, helped skewer any misconceptions you may have had about slave culture prior to the civil War and has armed you with the information and evidence to fight the unfortunately ever-present, racially tinged mythology that circulates the media online and casual conversation.
Tomorrow, among other things, we will take on the other related causes of the Civil War by looking closely at the text of secession documents. Also, don't forget that Chapter 15 is due tomorrow.
For those of you that will be out later this week for the DECA events, we have decided that it would be much easier for you to make up an LEQ essay than trying to recover information we did in class. By now, you should be familiar enough with the way things are approached in class to know that, though you can make up DocBlock's on your own and look over the notes your table teams made during class activities and discussions, it is actually incredibly hard to encapsulate the conversations and experiences of our in-class activities in a meaningful way when you return to class. We hope keeping the LEQ on Friday will help minimize this drawback to being out. For those that want to work ahead or over the weekend, I will post the Thursday and Friday activities and documents in tomorrow's blog.
One final note: We will have some visitors on campus tomorrow condicting classroom observations. They may drop into our classroom for a while and may talk to some of you about what we are doing in class. They may even pull a few out you into the hall for a few minutes to talk about our class and the way we do things. We will just keep working, doing our thing if they come by our class. I just wanted you to be aware so you weren't distracted by some unfamiliar faces.