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Resistance on the middle

passage
How did slaves resist?

Learning objective

To investigate the
different methods of
resistance used by
the slaves and the
responses to them

HOTS
Analysis:
What
do you think?
What is the
relationship?
Can you
compare?

Success
Criteria:
What are
you aiming
to achieve
this lesson?

Be able to
evaluate the
effectiveness
of resistance
by the slaves

Be able to
explain what
was the most
effective
method of
resistance
used by the
slaves

Be able to list
the different
methods of
resistance

Information gathering

You will have ten minutes


to read through pages
16-20 of the booklet you
have been given
You may take notes if you
wish

Complete this table


Method of Resistance
Taking advantage of a
sick crew
Attacking crew members
at meal times
Using trusted slaves to
get them weapons/tools
Committing suicide
Using women to smuggle
needed items

Source
it is in

Quote to back it up

Method of
Resistance
Taking advantage
of a sick crew
Attacking crew
members at meal
times

Source
it is in

Quote to back it up

the crew was short of officers


because the captain and first mate
had died of disease

In mid-Atlantic the slaves suddenly


swarmed around him and beat out his
brains with their wooden feeding
bowls

Using trusted
slaves to get them P & Q
weapons/tools
Committing
suicide
Using women to
help in their plans

Young slave ... Smuggled a large steel


spike four of these boys found a
chisel, some knives and stones and
passed them to the men

V&W

one slave tried to cut his own


throat ... Then refused to eat two
slaves in irons jump overboard

They and the woman crept up on the


sentries

Extending your
understanding
This is where we use our HOTS
Can you categorise all of the ways in which
the slave ship crews stopped resistance
Why do you think the crews were so afraid
of resistance?

Can you categorise all of the ways in which


the slave ship crews stopped resistance?
Prevention

Punishment

Using chains and shackles

Flogging

Guards kept at the hatchways

Thumbscrews

Armed crewmen

Shooting at rebels

Fixing wounds to prevent


suicide

Execution as an example
Throwing slaves overboard

Why do you think the crews were so afraid


of resistance?

The crews were so afraid of resistance for


two reasons. They knew that they were a
small group of people and could be easily
overpowered and they also knew that they
would lose a lot of money if they lost
slaves

Connections
I will give you a fact
You need to then
think of another fact
that links with it
Try to use a
connective to help
you

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