Human Rights - Classroom Resources | Idella Bodie S.C. Women


Abolish – to do away with

Abolition – the termination of slavery in the United States

Abolitionist – one who works to terminate slavery in the United States

Equal rights – having the same value and rights as another

Emancipation – to free from oppression, bondage, or restraint; liberate Human rights – characteristic of mankind and the rights of all people

Law – a rule established by authority, society, or custom; the body or system of such rules

Lawyer – one whose profession is to give legal advice and assistance to clients in court or in other legal matters

Slave – one bound in servitude to a person or household as an instrument of labor

Slavery – bondage to a master or household

Underground Railroad – a secret network of cooperation aiding fugitive slaves in reaching sanctuary in the free states


Classroom Activities

Related to the study of the abolition of slavery and equal rights for all

Although these are different types of movements, many of the people and concepts overlap in their search for human rights for all.

Biographies: Select from the listing below a famous person who played an important role in the abolition of slavery. Design a biography of the individual as a report or display.

Anthony Burns, Lydia Maria Child, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Sarah and Angelina Grimke’, Julia Ward Howe, Samuel J. May, Lucretia Mott, Wendell Phillips,    William Seward, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Arthur and Lewis Tappan, Sojourner Truth,    Theodore Dwight Weld

Compare and Contrast Historical Perspective: Compare and contrast the life of a slave on a Southern plantation with a Northern free man. Discuss in class.

Research: Individual students or small groups. With each topic, list the facts about the document and the impact that it had on The United States at the time.  

Fugitive Slave Law from the Missouri Compromise of 1820, Compromise of 1850, Gag Rule, Underground Railroad, Bill of Rights

Research: When did President Lincoln free the slaves? What impact did the Emancipation Proclamation have on the North and the South?

Analysis: Why did the Wilmot Proviso threaten to fuel sectional tensions in Congress? How might such a bill have either caused or created an imbalance of power in Congress?   

Debate: Debate the conflicting role of women in the 1800’s. How did the attitudes toward women impact social, culture and historical perspectives of that time. 

Biographies: Select from the listing below a famous person who played an important role in the fight for equal rights. What contributions did she make to the equal rights movement for women? How did her contribution impact our life today?

Susan B. Anthony, Julia Ward Howe, Martha Moore Ballard, Anne Hutchinson, Elizabeth Blackwell, Lucretia Mott, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Angelina Grimke’,  Mercy Otis Warren


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