Make Freedom Ring: Remain A Slave

This post is part 4 of the self-emancipation blog series.

Sometimes enslaved Africans Americans faced the option to take a risk for freedom, they chose to stay where they lived and labored. It is important to understand this did not mean they were weak, or passive.  There are ways that these people fought against dehumanization from home.

The 20th century artist Bob Marley said “[E]mancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.”

What do you think he meant by this? In what ways could we connect it to the experience of African American slaves?

Brittany C., an interpreter at President Lincoln’s Cottage and a masters student in the American University Public History program, created a website for a project in her history and new media course. Through creative use of audio and visual aids, Make Freedom Ring explores the idea of agency among enslaved people.

Click here to read the full post about Remaining A Slave.

Every Wednesday in June and early July 2013, visit the President Lincoln’s Cottage Multimedia page and/or Facebook page as we explore a different path toward self emancipation.

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