Savannah – Weeping Time

Video Credit: MADLAWMEDIA

The Weeping Time is one of the largest slave auctions in American history. This ¬†event that happened in Savannah, GA in 1859 during Georgia’s history of enslavement. The enslaver, Pierce Butler, marched over 400 enslaved people/families to Savannah from Darien, Ga (McIntosh County) to be sold, separated and settle the debts of Butler. In this video, viewers will receive a brief history of the Weeping Time, its impact on the enslaved people.

Critical Reflection Questions & Activities

 

Pre Video Questions

Nobis Big Ideas

What is something about your family that makes you feel loved and comforted? History
Relationships
What are some of your family’s traditions? History
Relationships
Is there economic value to cultural traditions? List some. History
Power Relationships Global Citizenship
What are debts? How do individuals accumulate debt? Power
What is interdependence?
Provide some examples.
Power
History

 

Post Video Questions

Nobis Big Ideas

What was the impact of this event on the families of enslaved people? History

How did the economic interest impact:

  • Individuals
  • Economy
  • History
History
How would you share the story of the Weeping Time? History
Global Citizenship
How does this narrative influence (shift) your view of enslavement in America? History
Why is it important that the story of the Weeping Time be told? History
Power
Global Citizenship
Cultural Responsiveness
What new information did you receive about this period of American history? History

Why is this story important to:

  • American history
  • White supremacy narrative
  • The narrative of enslavers and the enslaved people
History
Power
Are there historical events in your community? What impact do they have on you/the community today? Relationships
How can you discover secondary stories in your community? History
Relationships
Global Citizenship
How is The Weeping Time an example of interdependence? Relationships
Global Citizenship
What role did commerce play in The Weeping Time? History
Power
What does it mean to divide a family? History
Power
Relationships

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