DOING HISTORY IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY: SLAVE DEEDS AND A HISTORY LESSON LEARNED

History is very important.

BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS

Enslaved Black Americans were not just chattel on a piece of paper.

They were human beings who led harsh and brutal lives under slavery’s bullwhip and yoke, as students in the following article learned.

As one student stated:  He recalls a time when one of the students, who had often struggled in school, looked up from a deed he’d been working on and marvelled, “I am holding someone’s life in my hands.”

Powerful words indeed.

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Doing History in Buncombe County

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Each year, thousands of North Carolina students study slavery as part of the North Carolina and U.S. history curriculum. It’s not an easy topic—in fact, many educators shy away from teaching about slavery beyond the bare minimum requirements. But in Buncombe County, North Carolina, the chance discovery of a cache of slave deeds led to an opportunity for students to move beyond textbooks and…

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