• The Kitchen Cabin, Smokehouse and Tobacco Barn in the Distance

    Booker T Washington

    National Monument Virginia

War on the Home Front

"Freedom cannot be given; it must be purchased.”

Booker T. Washington

How did the debate on slavery and the Civil War affect the slave-holding farms and plantations in the South? How did the slaves and owners react to the creation of the Confederacy and the Civil War?

During a visit to Booker T. Washington National Monument and using pre- and post-visit classroom activities, students discuss the causes and effects of the war and how people on the homefront viewed the war. Comparing and contrasting the experiences of men and women, owners and slaves during the American Civil War and as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation, students evaluate how these events affected both master and slave living on the Burroughs' plantation.

 

Did You Know?

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The "T" in Booker T. Washington's name stands for Taliaferro. Booker found out later in life his mother had given him this as a last name but he did not describe why. He made it his middle name.