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The History of Slavery at Monticello

from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

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The year 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans kidnapped and brought to the United States to be sold into slavery. Slavery has been a part of the United States of America since its inception, and many founding fathers, like Thomas Jefferson, were slave-owners.

This virtual field trip uses Monticello as a lens through which to examine these questions:  How could the author of the Declaration of the Independence own slaves? How could twenty percent of the population of the new United States, founded on the principles of liberty and equality, live in bondage? What was life like for enslaved people in the early republic?

Your students will learn about the enslaved men, women, and children who lived at Monticello, and the impact that slavery had on the early American republic and beyond.


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Length

45 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:

10

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History


Program Delivery Mode

Google Hang Out
Zoom
Skype



Booking Information

We offer our virtual field trips Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 AM - 5 PM EDT.

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Cancellations will be accepted within 48 hours of scheduled trips.

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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Charlottesville, VA
United States

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s plantation near Charlottesville, Va.,
was the center of his world. To understand Jefferson, one must
understand Monticello; it can be seen as his autobiographical statement.

Monticello encompassed a house, an ornamental landscape, a farm, a
plantation, a small mountain, and a large and diverse community. It
encapsulated the interests, talents, ideals, ambitions, and realities of
its creative and complex owner.


In 1923, Monticello was purchased by the Thomas Jefferson
Foundation, a private nonprofit corporation and was opened as a public
attraction in 1924. Since then, the Foundation has instituted numerous
research and educational programs and major restoration and renovation
projects, and Monticello has attracted more than 27 million people.


Today, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation remains committed to a twofold mission:


  1. preservation -- to conserve, protect, and maintain Monticello in a
    manner which leaves it enhanced and unimpaired for future generations --
    and
  2. education -- to interpret and present Thomas Jefferson to the widest
    possible audiences, including scholars and the general public.

Monticello is a National Historic Landmark and the only house in the United States designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Contact:
Digital Learning
digital.learning@monticello.org
4349847585

Program Details

Format

During your session our Monticello educator will use images, props, and Google Streetview as well as Q & A time to engage your students. This virtual field trip uses Monticello as a lens through which to examine questions like: How could the author of the Declaration of the Independence own slaves? How could twenty percent of the population of the new United States, founded on the principles of liberty and equality, live in bondage? What was life like for enslaved people in the early republic?

Objectives

Delve into the paradox of Thomas Jefferson as a champion of liberty and freedom, yet a lifelong slave owner
Learn about specific enslaved people who lived and worked at Monticello, and how they retained family ties and humanity in a dehumanizing system of oppression
Discuss how the institution the institution of slavery has ramifications in the United States throughout its history to present day - manifesting in racist policies that deny equal rights for African Americans