A project based learning lesson plan for President's Day about George Washington and his evolving views on slavery.

This project, about the evolution of George Washington’s attitude towards slaves and slavery, is based on material provided by the National Portrait Gallery and recommended by the NEA as a President’s Day lesson plan. Four primary sources are referenced to help readers understand how Washington’s views towards slavery transformed throughout the years.

GeorgeWashington.jpgKey Takeaways:

  • Read and interpret documents George Washington wrote regarding his slaves and the issue of slavery
  • Analyze the reasons why Washington was conflicted over the issue of slavery
  • Discuss the evolution of Washington’s attitude towards slavery
  • Discuss the significance of Washington’s eventual freeing of his slaves

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