I had fabulous plans for what I was going to do for these two brave people. Glorious plans, first we were going to read these two books:
Which we did, and then we were going to make Underground Railroad quilts. Like the ones in the Quilt Code. But, here’s the problem, the more I read about them being Hidden in Plain View, the more I found out it probably didn’t happen that way.
So, it’s more of an urban legend than fact. That, and it would take a lot of work to get those shapes ready for a group of kids to do it…… A LOT of work……….
Instead, I found a list of slave states and free states right before the Civil War, and we very carefully colored in the different types of states and created a key.
It’s not very exciting, or interesting to write about, but it was interesting to realize things. Like, I always forget Maryland was a slave state, I don’t know why. Or how much harder it was for a slave to escape from South Carolina versus Maryland.
If we hadn’t been studying the maps we wouldn’t have noticed these things.
As to the books………
I highly recommend “Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led her People to Freedom.” It’s very poetic and lyrical in writing style. Also the illustrations are wonderful.
“Fredrick Douglass: Last Day of Slavery,” is also good, but it’s a more difficult read and is much longer. I edited it a little bit while I was reading it to everyone, but it’s a hard book to sit through, partially for the subject matter.
I’m gonna link this over to, rather than the abortive post I tried to write earlier as my brain sat here fried from Rock the Rock this week. I know we read a lot of books this week, but for the life of me I don’t remember a single one other than what I read them for bed tonight.
Susan @ learning ALL the time!! says
These two books look very good.
I love the idea of the quilts being signs along the Underground Railroad…I know it is probably not true, but still I love the idea.
Have you read any of the Elm Creek Quilt series by Jennifer Chiaverini? (adult stories) I really enjoy the series!
You really have enjoyed studying Maryland, haven't you? I never thought to ask you before but would you like a postcard from Maryland?
An Almost Unschooling Mom says
Map studies are extremely intersting to do, even if they don't leave much to write about. I don't think we read a single book this week – so I'm amazed you read any during VBS – even if you can't remember them 🙂
Thanks for the recommendations! It's amazing how much you can learn from a map.
Raising a Happy Child says
I saw Moses in the library, but I figured this can wait until daughter is older. Thanks for joining WMCIR!
Both books sound very interesting.