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P4/5 have been learning about slavery
P4/5 have been learning about slavery

Facts about slavery

Slavery is when: you work for other people and don’t get paid; you are forced to do things you don’t want to do; other people are in charge of you.

Slaves worked for rich (and lazy) people. They could get sold from owner to owner and also get taken away from their families. 

In America slaves were always black people.
Thankfully, slavery is now against the law.



Travelling North

All the people who wanted to escape from being slaves had to head North. They needed to be paid for work and to be free. So they tried to run to Canada. They travelled by night using the North Star to guide them. If it was a cloudy night they could tell which way to go by the moss growing on the north side of the tree trunks.



How We Made Our Patchwork Quilt

First we got some magazines and cut them. We put all the different colours in piles. Then Miss Mackinlay gave us some paper with patterns on   it. We had to glue the coloured squares, and the rectangles, into a pattern. Then we waited for them too dry and after that we put them on a big blue background.

The patterns on the squares have meanings:         

The Star: is about the North Star it leads you to where you can be free from slavery.

The Candle: People who wanted to help slaves escape would put a light in their window to show slaves where a safe house was.

The Monkey Wrench is a kind of tool.  The pattern was a code for slaves to show they were packing to escape.

The Wagon Wheel is about travelling as slaves go on their journey usually walking but sometimes hidden in carts or wagons.

 

Let Your Little Light Shine – a song


This song is about slaves trying to escape and free people who wanted to help the slaves get freedom.  They put a light in their window to show they were part of the network of safe houses called the underground railroad.  The someone in the song could be anyone trying to escape like Harriet Tubman.  The home in the song is the North of America and Canada. There are gaps in the last verse to remind people that the underground railroad had to be kept secret.  People might have sung the song to encourage people to help slaves escape and let slaves know that they could get some help.

 

Let your little light shine Oh My Lord
There may be
Someone down in the valley
Trying to get home

 

It may be me or it may be you
It may be your brother or your sister too
There may be
Someone down in the valley
Trying to get home

 

So let your little light shine shine shine
Let your little light shine Oh My Lord
There may be
Someone down in the valley
Trying to get home

 

… Shine shine shine
… shine Oh My Lord
….Someone down in the valley
Trying to get home

 

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