Goals: The student will learn of the Armistad Affair, the slave trade, and slavery in the United States, as it relates to New Haven.
Objectives: The students will be able to write a summary of the Amistad Story, including their opinions of the event. The students will be able to compare the Armistad story, with a fiction story of the slave trade titled
Ebony Sea, by Irene Smalls.
Ebony Sea, by Irene Smalls
The Armistad Story and curriculum package, published by the Connecticut Historical Society. Slide projector for Amistad slides.
to the class and discuss the story.
Read the Armistad story to the class and discuss.
Show the Armistad slides to the class and discuss.
The students will write one to two pages comparing the 2 stories.
Extension: The students can write 1-2 pages explaining how their family came to live in the New Haven area. They should be given a graphic organizer or a family tree worksheet.
Field Trip and School Visit Plans
Programs by the New Haven Historical Society
114 Whitney Avenue, N.H., CT 06510 (203) 562-4183
The NHCHS will arrange a free bus for classes to visit various sites.
The Amistad Story (Grades 5-8)
This is a program produced at the NHCHS. It is done in a storytelling format, and dramatizes the
- the story of Cinque and 52 other Africans who rebelled against slavery and eventually found friendship and justice in New Haven. The NHCHS uses visual aids to assist students in role playing. Books and other information about the incident are available at the site.
Quinnipiac Indians (Grades 3-adult)
This program is a combination of slides, and hands-on presentation. It explores the history and lifestyle of New Haven’s first people. The program uses a reproduction of Quinnipiac Indian artifacts.
Historic Bus Tours (Grades 4-adult)
This tour traces the development of modern New Haven and visits historic locations. The tour ends at Black Rock Fort on the East Shore, where the city was invaded by British forces in 1779. You may specialize this tour to suit your individual class needs by contacting the NHCHS.
Pardee-Morris House (Grades 2-adult)
This tour is an introduction to life in 17th century New Haven. The students will tour the 11 room house of Amos Morris built in 1750. The students will learn about children and adults of this time in history.
The students will be asked to compare what is available today with that of over 200 years ago.
The 19th Century Schoolhouse (Grades 2-5)
This program is designed to compare today’s classroom, with a typical early 19th century New Haven schoolhouse. The programs illustrates the rules and equipment used for teaching and learning in this time period. The students are allowed to use quills and slates to show how education has changed.