Video Collection: Slavery & Freedom in Salem

How do we interpret slavery?

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Understanding and Teaching Hard History

This film aims to motivate and empower teachers to use primary sources and specific local examples to teach the history of American slavery.

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Exploring Hard History

This film documents the collective journey of national park staff and their local community to recover and share its history of slavery.


Understanding the history of slavery and freedom

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Revolutionary Protests in Salem

How did free colonists and enslaved people shape the American Revolution in Salem?

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Gradual Emancipation

The end of slavery in Massachusetts was gradual and the process of "judicial emancipation" was slow, vague, and unjust.

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A Woman Named Rose

By examining historical records, we can begin to piece together the life of Rose, a Black woman who lived in early Essex County.

Last updated: March 21, 2023

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