When teaching about the years leading up to the Civil War, I never leave out Harriet Tubman’s role in leading 300 slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. The Toni Morrison conversation would work very nicely just before bringing up Tubman because it would get the kids thinking about the wider theme of responsibility and how when people gain certain advantages (like Tubman gaining her freedom) then that makes a person more obligated to help others. Kids could consider their own life advantages and think about what responsibilities they have to other people.
Level: Elementary or Secondary Social Studies
Subject Area: American History
Author: Dan Fouts