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Abolition

Title: Handcuffs Worn by Slaves
Type: Object
Date: early 1800s
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: These handcuffs are the kind worn by slaves during the early 1800s.

Handcuffs Worn by Slaves

Activities:

  1. What can these handcuffs tell you about the life of slaves in America?



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  2. What in this picture tells you that these were handcuffs and not shackles for a slave's feet?



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  3. What other people in American society might have worn handcuffs like these?



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  4. Beside keeping slaves from running away, how might shackles affect how a slave felt?



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