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New Jersey: Slave State

from The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

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Although New Jersey was a northern state with many active abolitionists, slavery persisted until the 13th Amendment abolished all slavery in the United States. This program uses primary documents and stories of individuals travelling the Underground Railroad to examine the juxtaposition of these 2 facets of New Jersey in the first half of the 19th century. 

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About This Program


Multipoint: $100.00
Point to Point: $100.00
By Request: $100.00


45 minutes. Can be modified to suit your scheduling needs

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Character Education

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
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Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Teacher/coordinator must schedule a test call prior to the date of the program in order to ensure a good virtual connection and to discuss other logistics

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No refunds within 14 days of program date. In the event of inclement weather, please contact the Education Department at 973-377-2982 ext. 12 to discuss rescheduling.

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The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Madison, NJ
United States

Drawing on its rich collection, METC Education programs inspire learners of all ages to ask questions about the world around us. We explore American history with a focus on the life and stories of early New Jerseyans and craftspeople with programs emphasizing the intersections of history and cultural heritage in NJ.

Hilary May
973-377-2982 ext. 12

Program Details


1. This program begins with a discussion of slavery in New Jersey
2. Participants then examine primary sources relating to 19th century slavery and abolitionist activity in New Jersey
3. Participants read the stories of individuals who used New Jersey's Underground Railroad
4. We discuss the contradiction and its historical legacy
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers


Participants will:
1. Understand the pro-slavery sentiment in 19th century New Jersey
2. Explore the contradiction between New Jersey’s status as a “free state” and the persistence of slavery until after the Civil War
3. Gain insight into the experiences of formerly enslaved people who passed through New Jersey on the Underground Railroad.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RL.1 -- Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards
D3.2.6-8. Evaluate the credibility of a source by determining its relevance and intended use.

State Standards

New Jersey
Social Studies

6.1.2.HistoryUP.1: Use primary sources representing multiple perspectives to compare and make inferences about why there are different accounts of the same event.
6.1.5.HistoryCC.7: Evaluate the initial and lasting impact of slavery using sources that represent multiple perspectives.