A Self-Evident Truth: Angelina Grimké and Justice45 min
As you read, imagine you are the protagonist.
- What challenges are you facing?
- What fears or concerns might you have?
- What may prevent you from acting in the way you ought?
- What was Angelina Grimké’s role in the abolition movement? How did her role differ from other anti-slavery advocates about whom you have learned?
- What was Angelina Grimké’s purpose for delivering the testimony to the Massachusetts legislature?
- Why did Grimké believe that speaking against slavery was important?
Discuss the following questions with your students.
- What is the historical context of the narrative?
- What historical circumstances presented a challenge to the protagonist?
- How and why did the individual exhibit a moral and/or civic virtue in facing and overcoming the challenge?
- How did the exercise of the virtue benefit civil society?
- How might exercise of the virtue benefit the protagonist?
- What might the exercise of the virtue cost the protagonist?
- Would you react the same under similar circumstances? Why or why not?
- How can you act similarly in your own life? What obstacles must you overcome in order to do so?
- Students will evaluate the injustices of slavery in the United States.
- Students will analyze Angelina Grimké’s beliefs about the injustices of slavery and why she believed it should be abolished.
- Students will analyze methods by which they can promote justice in their own lives.
- Students will apply their knowledge of justice to their own lives.