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Freedom is Coming: Songs of Freedom, Resistance & the Underground Railroad

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Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Social Studies


This reference packet for teachers provides activities and materials to teach students about antebellum American slavery. Through journal entrees and other activities, students will show an understanding of connections between the experiences of antebellum American slavery, as communicated by song lyrics, and contemporary slavery.

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African American spirituals are one of the key musical ingredients used to create jazz music. The New Orleans Jazz NHP serves to interpret the origins, early history, and progression of jazz music. 



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Last updated: October 8, 2015