Fighting For Freedom
The Stono Rebellion and Free Frank McWhorter
This case study looks at resistance in the context of slavery and through the contrasting examples of the Stono Rebellion of 1739 and the life of Free Frank McWhorter in the 19th century. Migration plays a central role in understanding enslavement and liberation in both narratives. Students will work in pairs and small groups to research and discuss these historical figures and events. The goal of this lesson is to highlight lesser-known examples of the different ways enslaved African Americans resisted and fought for their freedom. Significant coverage of the American system of chattel slavery and of the antebellum South is recommended prior to teaching this lesson.