by Mike Kubic
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The Scramble for Africa
- Mike Kubic
This informational text summarizes the European and American colonization and plundering of Africa, as well as Africans’ resistance and eventual independence movements.Pair “The Scramble for Africa” with “The Niger Expedition of 1841” and ask students to discuss how the West’s attitude towards Africa moved from the moral crusade of the abolition movement to the colonization of its territories. What other motives did Western countries, particularly European countries, have for colonization?
The Revolutionary Rise of Abolitionists
The informational text “The Revolutionary Rise of Abolitionists” discusses the various degrees of support the anti-slavery movement received between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.Pair “The Revolutionary Rise of Abolitionists” with “The Niger Expedition of 1841” and ask students to discuss the various attempts by abolitionists to eradicate slavery. How have these efforts changed over time? How does America’s approach to eradicating slavery compare to that of Britain?
Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
- Mike Kubic
In “Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation,” Mike Kubic discusses what motivated President Lincoln’s to pass the Emancipation Proclamation and the change that it brought about.Pair “Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation” with “The Niger Expedition of 1841” and ask students to discuss how views on slavery changed between the time periods of these two texts. How did Abraham Lincoln’s views on abolishing slavery compare to the views held in Britain? How do the solutions for slavery that Lincoln and William Allen considered compare?