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Central to an understanding of race in America is the ways that race and racism became part of the legal systems of the country. Elizabeth Key was a bi-racial woman who sued for her freedom in colonial Virginia. Her story allows us to begin to understand the ways that one legal decision can have far reaching and ranging effects.
These activities consist of viewing the episode and responding to the discussion prompts embedded in the episode.
These activities ask students to (1) generate their own questions and plan larger inquiries into the historical record regarding the stories presented in the video, and then (2) find, evaluate, and interpret historical documents to develop a research claim.
These activities extend the themes of the story presented in the episode to other events and into the future. These resources and activities help students see how we can use an understanding of the past to make sense of more recent events and imagine a different future.