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The Underground Railroad: Video Clips. Use your “historiographer” skills to analyze the video (think OPVL!) Take note of how the railroad terms were used as code. Take note of “ new” fact about the UR from the clip Is there a historical inaccuracy in this video ?

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    1. The Underground Railroad: Video Clips • Use your “historiographer” skills to analyze the video (think OPVL!) • Take note of how the railroad terms were used as code. • Take note of “new” fact about the UR from the clip • Is there a historical inaccuracy in this video? • http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/other-shows/videos/assignment-discovery-underground-railroad.htm • http://www.pbs.org/wned/underground-railroad/

    2. Secrets & Codes • How could something that tens of thousands of people know about be a secret? What types of codes do you think they used? Why was secrecy so important? • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lbsW7ifWYA&feature=related

    3. Freedom Songs: Spirituals • Spirituals are similar to hymns/psalms – they use similar language from the Bible, but they have secret meanings to those who know what to listen for. • Messages/meaning • Context • Recording

    4. Split into groups • Take a best guess at some of the codes used in the song • Read through the information about the song…be ready to give the class any background knowledge they might need

    5. Freedom Songs • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhrJ8qITUUs&feature=related (Swing Low Sweet Chariot) • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O5hz5KnSdc (Steal Away) • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhjGzBCOw88 (Wade in the Water) • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtFcU1Gtk78 (Gospel Train’s A Coming)

    6. Your Task • We’ve looked at a few ways that the abolition cause was promoted and perpetuated – newspaper articles, posters, speeches, spirituals – and now it’s your turn. What would YOU do? • Abolition & Resistance Assessment….see handout. We will do this IN CLASS on Tuesday, April 9. Bring what you need to work on it….