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Abolitionist Project - Levi Coffin

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Mary Lulloff

on 5 November 2012

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Levi Coffin Mary Lulloff, Period 8 Research Question: How has Levi Coffin changed the course of history in terms of abolition? Hypothesis: I think that Levi Coffin has changed the course of history immensely. Because of his actions, he possibly could have ended slavery all together. Summary: Levi Coffin, also referred to as President of the Underground Railroad, was an American abolitionist, and also a Quaker, who helped many slaves along the Underground Railroad so they could have their freedom granted. Despite him being born in the South, Levi Coffin was still a very determined abolitionist. He got married, and moved to Newport (now known as Fountain City), Indiana and opened up his home to runaway slaves for even days or weeks at a time. Many other Quakers were against slavery, but were afraid to break the law, unlike Levi Coffin and his family. Coffin's actions inspired many other members of the community to take action. Later, Levi Coffin opened up a store that sold goods only made by free labor. He spent the last years of his life writing a biography, which was published a year or so before his death. While Levi Coffin isn't the most known abolitionist, his actions to help slaves and abolish slavery are very important in history. Teaching Points Primary Source: Quote Quote: "I thought it was always safe to do right"
-Levi Coffin Analysis: I think Levi Coffin is saying that helping slaves escape, and breaking the law, is the right thing to do, and that it should be safe, and not illegal Graph/Chart/Narrative Created with Scribblemaps Underground Railroad Routes Timeline: Sources: 1. http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/coffin/bio.html 2. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/124406/Levi-Coffin 3. http://www.waynet.org/levicoffin/quiz/history.htm Multiple Choice Questions: 1. Approximately, how many slaves did Levi Coffin help? A) 1,000 B) 2,000
C) 3,000 D) None of the above 2. What did Levi Coffin do in terms of abolition? A) Opened up his house to slaves along the Underground Railroad
B) Gave public speeches
C) Levi Coffin wasn't involved with abolition
D) Made numerous trips through the Underground Railroad, and saved many people, including his parents 3. What was Levi Coffin's nickname? A) Moses
B) Sojourner Truth
C) President of the Underground Railroad
D) Levi Coffin didn't have a nickname Primary Source:
Graphic Graphic: Analysis: This image is a bust portrait of Levi Coffin with an engraving by R. O'Brien 4. http://housedivided.dickinson.edu/ugrr/documents/Lesson_Plan_Ragsdale.htm 5. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2005687473/ 6. http://www.ask.com/answers/135512101/what-are-two-famous-quotes-by-levi-coffin * His home was on the path of the Underground Railroad and he turned his home into a depot
* Assisted over 3,000 slaves escape to freedom
* Funneled a lot of his wealth into abolition
* Opened a store selling goods made by free labor
* Born in south, yet opposed slavery
* Is known for publishing a biography: "Reminiscences of
Levi Coffin"

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