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Black Founders Big Ideas

Explore these short framing essays to discover the lives and legacies of free Black Philadelphian, Revolutionary War privateer, successful businesman, and stalwart abolitionist James Forten and his family.
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Black Founders National Standards Alignment

Black Founders modular activities have been designed in alignment with history standards from the National Center for History in the Schools.
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Black Founders Glossary

This glossary provides definitions that may be useful as you explore the Black Founders: The Fortens of Philadelphia teacher resources, big ideas, and primary sources.
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Black Founders Teacher Resources

Access modular activities and ready-made worksheets to help your students dig deeper into the lives and legacies of free Black Philadelphia, Revolutionary War privateer, and successfull businessman James Forten and his descendants.
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Unit 1: Young James Forten's World

This unit explores the early life of James Forten by describing what life was like in Philadelphia during the years leading up to the Revolutionary War.
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Unit 2: Black Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War

The purpose of this unit is to help students learn more about the role of people of African descent during the Revolutionary War.
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Unit 3: African American Freedom and Community, 1780-1813

This unit explores the various ways that people of African descent pushed to end slavery and demand equal rights in the years following the Revolutionary War.
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Unit 5: The Forten Family: Abolitionists and Reformers

The purpose of this unit is to explore the issues that James Forten and his family were passionate about and what they did to advance those causes.
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Unit 6: Elder James Forten's World

The purpose of this unit is for students to explore how and why communities change as well as consider how individuals can make positive changes within their communities.
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Unit 7: Continuing the Forten Family Legacy

The purpose of this unit is for students to explore the legacy of James Forten and his family, from his death in 1842 to today.
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