Monday, November 30, 2009

African American History, November 30

Here is the assignment that we started in class today. It will be do at the end of class tomorrow. Remember, you also have a paper due tomorrow (see previous blogs for assignment details)

Name _____________________ Date______________________

African American History: Understanding charts, graphs, and maps

Chart 1: Distribution of Slaves, 1790-1860

1. In which decade was there the greatest increase in slave population?

2. Draw a line graph to represent the number of slaves and the number of free blacks from 1790- 1860. Use two different colors. Use 4 million as the top point on the y-axis.
3. Was the gap between free blacks and slaves proportional or exponential over time? Explanation: Did the lines on the graph have the same slope (proportionate) or different slope (exponential)
Chart 2: Slave Population by state, 1790-1860

1. Which state had the largest slave population in 1790 and in 1860? Which state had the smallest slave population in 1790 and in1860?

2. How many states had slaves in 1790, 1820, and 1860

1790 -

1820 -

1830 –
3. Draw a graph to show the slave population 4 southern states - Maryland, Georgia, Virginia, and Kentucky. Use 4 different colors
4. How many slaves were ‘represented’ according to the 3/5ths Compromise? (refer to ‘all states’ column) in 1790? In 1820? In 1860? Explanation: take the number of total slaves and multiply that number by .6

1790 -

1820 -

1860 –
Please color this map to show the states that had slavery in 1790
Please Color this map to show the states that had slavery in 1860?

African American History, Extra Credit Opportunities

Philadelphia events commemorate John Brown's legacy

Please read this article from the Philadelphia Inquirer and attend at least one event honoring John Brown. Let me know about the ceremony, reception, concert, exhibit, etc. and you will receive five extra credit points. To see the complete listing of events please see the link following the Inquirer article.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

World History, November 25

Chapter 11 Review Questions - assignment worth 5 points towards assignment grade

The Byzantium Empire: Pgs 301-304

What were the names and characteristics of the four parts of the Justinian Code?

Which peoples attacked the Byzantine Empire? What part of the empire did they invade?

What two religions emerged from the split of the Christian Church?

The Russian Empire: pgs 307-313

According to The Primary Chronicle, how did Vladimir choose Byzantium Christianity?

How did Moscow’s location contribute to its growth?

What event marked Russia’s liberation from Mongol Rule?

Turkish Empires: pgs 314-317

What did the Turks take from the Persian culture?

*million square miles
** millions of people

Which Empire lasted the longest?

The Population of Byzantium was five times the size of which empire?

Which Empires existed in the year 400 CE?

What are 3 things that you learned from the Genghis Khan Video?

Monday, November 23, 2009

African American History, November 23-24

Questions to Answer:

1. What was the purpose of Jane Johnson’s trip north to Philadelphia?
2. Who was William Still and what was his involvement in this case?
3. What role did Passmore Williamson have in Jane Johnson’s liberation?
4. What were the consequences for the men who helped Jane Johnson and her
5. What legal reasoning did Judge Kane use to imprison Williamson? What other
reasons were used to make this decision?
6. Why did this case become national news?
7. Why didn’t the federal Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 apply to this case?
8. How long did Williamson stay in prison? What was the final outcome of his
9. What role did Jane Johnson play in the cases of Still, Williamson and the antislavery
10. Where did Jane Johnson and her children finally settle?

Friday, November 20, 2009

African American History, November 20

Writing Assignment:

Many problems encountered in society today can be traced back to historical origins. Please write a 1-2 page paper about problems of the African American society today and trace their origins or how you think the problems came about? I am looking for evidence of original thought, understanding of the ideas discussed in class, and an understanding of how the problems faced today stem from historic, systematic, and calculated decisions.

Due Date: December 1, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

African American History, November 10

Chapter 5 Notes:

After 1783 there was a growing trend in the North that favored emancipation. The Mid-Atlantic area also agreed but it took longer because whites were invested in the continuation of slavery.

The US constitution was a major force for the continuation of slavery. Key clauses helped strengthen the institution of slavery in the South

The emergence of the cotton industry (and invention of cotton gin) increased the need for slaves. Most of the cotton was exported to England who was the world’s largest supplier of textiles.

There was also new land for the United States. The Louisiana Purchase opened a debate about whether the new territory would permit slavery

Free black communities developed institutions to strengthen their standing. The first was the mutual aid society that served as a type of life insurance and also financed early abolitionist activity.

The Church served as the core of the African American community.

Black schools were supported by the church and mutual aid societies

By the 1790s there was a small black elite class in the North

Slave rebellions became more violent in the south and whites instituted new laws that limited the possibilities of an insurrection.

In the years after the War of 1812 there was an increased amount of friction over slavery in the new territories
The Missouri compromise (1820) was an effort to maintain sectional balance by allowing Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state and Maine to enter as a free state, while banning slavery north of the 36’30’’ line of latitude.

African American History, November 9th

Chapter 4 Review:

There was a war going on between France and England in the later part of the 1700s. England eventually won and France left the Northwest Territories in 1763.

The British needed money to pay for the war so they decided to tax the colonies. The colonies were used to self-government rebelled against the new taxes. The term ‘no taxation without representation’ comes from this period

The new taxes led to the creation of the Continental Congress. In July 1776 they wrote the declaration of Independence. It is important to note that DOI had separate rights fro Blacks and Whites.

The DOI was written during the time of the enlightenment and many African Americans assumed that the universal rights described by the founding fathers would also include Blacks.

The enlightenment shaped the careers of America’s first intellectuals

New institutions made science and literature more widely available and blacks took advantage the new opportunities

As the war began between the colonies and Britiain, African Americans had to choose a side; when the British offered freedom to escaped slaves who joined their army many joined their side

Necessity forced the Continental Congress to allow African Americans to serve and as a result African Americans in the north were given their freedom
Anti-slavery societies led by the Quakers (Pennsylvania) played a key role in freeing Blacks.

Friday, November 6, 2009

World History, November 6

If you are absent today, November 6th, you will be expected to know the following definitions. You may use the internet for definitions and analysis which will help you with further understanding the content. The vocabulary words will serve as an introduction as we begin chapter 10 in our textbooks


If you are having any problems locating the definitions, you may email me at

African American History, November 6

To all my classes:

If you are absent today, November 6th, you will be expected to know the following definitions. You may use the internet for definitions and analysis which will help you with further understanding the content. Most of the words should serve as a review of what we have been learning over the past two weeks.

Antislavery society
Shay’s rebellion
Fugitive slave act
Gabriel’s Revolt
Three-fifths clause
Cotton gin
Mutual aid society
Free African society
Prince Hall
Toussant Louveriture
Missouri Compromise

If you are having any problems locating the definitions, you may email me at

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Septa Strike day 2: African American and World History

For all those who are unable to make it to school today, we did not have any assignments to hand in. Instead of teaching the lesson I had planned, I am having students make up work that they may have missed. I imagine that there will be better attendance tomorrow and therefore will be treating tomorrow as a regular day. If you are unable to attend as the strike continues, I will post all notes/work/assignments on the blog. Remember, it is your job to do your work regardless of any outside circumstances!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Septa Strike!

Hello everyone,
As I am sure you are aware there is a SEPTA strike today.  Because I know that students are coming from all parts of the city I will be as accommodating as possible; if you are unable to attend school  I will have all of the resources available online along with the assignment.    This week we will take a close look at the City of Philadelphia in African American studies and in World History we are looking at the founding of Islam.  We will be completing the assignments in class and I expect those students who are out to keep up with the work.  The quarter is quickly closing and I want everyone to receive good grades!