by Levi Coffin


Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "Margaret Garner: Defying the Fugitive Slave Act" by Levi Coffin.

In “Margaret Garner: Defying the Fugitive Slave Act,” abolitionist Levi Coffin recounts the story of Garner, a fugitive slave who killed her children to keep them from returning to slavery.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Comedy & Tragedy, Fear & Paranoia, and Morality as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"How does fear drive action?", "What can we learn from tragedy?", and "Why do people do bad things?"

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