Define the following words: democracy, tobacco, diversity
Number of the Day
What can you tell me about the number 1,619?
Guardians of Jamestown
Things get pretty heavy for us with today's topic of conversation - the arrival of "20 and odd" people from Angola in Africa in Virginia. Knowing more about their arrival and treatment, 400 years ago, can help us understand some of the issues we face today. Let's begin with the presentation in the video (right).
Concerning the enslaved people, let's also use a lesson plan provided by American Evolution.
20 and Odd
Listen to this newspaper advertisement from 1736 concerning a runaway slave.
"20 and odd" people arrived on Virginia soil from Angola, Africa, on August 20, 1619. These became the first enslaved people in the land now known as the United States, kicking off a terrible history of oppression, mistreatment, unfair treatment, unequal opportunity, and racism. We will use primary sources with this part of the lesson: Arrival of Africans to Virginia in 1619.
Take a look at the vein patterns on a tobacco leaf. We will take some time to study the parts of a plant, including the leaf. We can also use this lesson: Tobacco in Jamestown.
The Real First Thanksgiving
For a long time, teachers have taught about the "first Thanksgiving" happening in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with the Pilgrims and the Native People congregating around a common table for a feast. How has Plymouth taken that title when we know so clearly that there was a Thanksgiving in Jamestown before Plymouth was Plymouth?
Check out (The Real) Thanksgiving Meal. What do you think of that menu? Is there anything that could be added?
We will use primary documents with this lesson: English Women Come to America.
The Birth of Democracy in America
What kind of laws would a new settlement need?
Do you think any of the laws were unjust? Unfair?
How does a representative government work?
Wonder what those first moments of government in Jamestown might have been like? We'll spend some time with this lesson: Government in Jamestown, 1619.