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March 28, 2012 · 1-1:45 p.m. (ET) · Grades 9-12
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How did the ideas and vision which formed a new nation impact the enslaved community? I Ain’t No Three Fifths of a Person: Slavery and the Constitution explores the reactions and perspectives of key members of the Mount Vernon and Monticello enslaved communities to major events during the founding of our nation.
Through dramatic reenactments students will hear the views of Billy Lee, who served as General Washington’s manservant throughout the Revolutionary War; understand the concerns of Caroline Branham and Oney Judge, who worked under Mrs. Washington’s supervision in the mansion; meet Christopher Sheels, who served as General Washington’s manservant after Billy Lee; and discover the ideas of Bob Hemmings, manservant to Thomas Jefferson.
To provide a broader historical context, the human point of view presented by the enslaved men and women in the dramatic scenes is interwoven with interviews from prominent historians and comments from the actor/historical interpreters themselves.
Read the biographical sketches of the slaves portrayed in the program.
Slaves talk about the new constitution and what it will mean.
Era 3: Standard 1A
The student understands the causes of the American Revolution.
Era 3: Standard 1B
The student understands the principles articulated in the Declaration of Independence.
Era 3: Standard 2C
The student understands the Revolution's effects on different social groups.
The student comprehends a variety of historical sources
The student engages in historical analysis and interpretation
The student engages in historical issuesanalysis and decision-making