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Teaching DBQ: Two Letters From Slaves

DBQ: Two Letters From Slaves

These two short letters reveal a lot about the experience of slaves in the United States. In the first letter, a mother writes in desperation to her husband to try to prevent her family from being split apart in an upcoming auction. In the second, a runaway slave writes to his former master. Does his tone strike you as sincere or sarcastic?

Maria Perkins, Henry Bibb
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What do these sources help you understand about the experience of slaves in the United States?
RH.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RH.6 - Author's Purpose, RH.7 - Visual Information, US.04 - Expansion & Reform (1801-1861)


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