Lesson 1 (from Parts 1-2)
Henry Delany was a slave as a child. The Delanys had been slaves on a Georgia plantation and worked as "house slaves" for the Mock family. Discuss the concept of slavery, how it affected the Delanys, how the families reacted when slavery was abolished and how it affected Henry Delany throughout his life. Also discuss how slavery affected Henry and Nanny's children.
1. Class discussion: Like many African Americans before him, Henry Delany was born a slave. As a slave, Henry was "owned" by the Mock family. When a person purchased a slave, the slave was considered to be property. Discuss how a slave was purchased and kept as property. Do you agree or disagree with this act? How many slaves could one person own? What would be the purpose in owning slaves? What would happen if a slave managed to escape? There have been many...
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