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        Hidden Messages in Spirituals Lesson Plan

        This lesson, to be used with Underground Railroad: The William Still Story, allows students to explore how spirituals were used by the enslaved. Many of the songs contained hidden meanings or messages. The enslaved would "send" messages to others who were planning escape or helping them to escape, so many spirituals of this time truly had a deeper meaning. Students will listen to a spiritual and decode its hidden messages. They will also write a song with a hidden message of their own.

        Picking Cotton in Fields

        A photo of enslaved people picking cotton in a field.

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        Freedom's Land

        After the Fugitive Slave Act was passed the Underground Railroad didn’t stop; it continued north to Canada.

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        Coded Spirituals

        Learn more about how spirituals had a deeper meaning for the enslaved.

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        The Auction Block

        A depiction of people being sold on an auction block.

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        Four Generations on Smith's Plantation

        A photo showing four generations of enslaved people on a plantation.

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