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On Being Brought from Africa to America
- Phillis Wheatley
In this rhyme- and rhythm-rich poem, Phillis Wheatley describes being brought to America from Africa and its influence on her religious beliefs.Pair “West African Society at the Point of European Contact” with “On Being Brought from Africa to America” and ask students to discuss how she felt about being taken from West Africa. Phillis Wheatley was born in West Africa, but was taken from her home and forced into slavery in the United States. Do you think all slaves felt the same way she did? Why or why not?
Salt Worth its Weight in Gold
In the informational text “Salt Worth its Weight in Gold: The Kingdom of Ghana,” the author discusses the wealth and accomplishments of this amazing empire, as well as its eventual fall.Pair “Salt Worth its Weight in Gold” with “West African Society at the Point of European Contact” and have students explore what life was like in Africa prior to the transatlantic slave trade. How did the transatlantic slave trade alter life in Africa?