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Teaching Excerpt: The Fugitive Blacksmith

Excerpt: The Fugitive Blacksmith

In 1849, James C.W. Pennington, the minister of a Presbyterian church in New York City and the recipient of a degree from the University of Heidelberg in Germany, published a narrative of his life that revealed the astonishing news that he was a fugitive slave and a former blacksmith from Maryland. In his account of his life, Pennington offers the following reflections on the impact of slavery on slave children.

James W.C. Pennington (adapted)
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How does the treatment of enslaved children and adults compare?
RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.6 - Point of View


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