Religion and American Slavery

Lesson II. African Muslims Enslaved in America

Step 2. Explore these Historical Portraits

Portrait 1

Portrait 2

Portrait 3

Portrait 4

Record Your Observations

Choose a portrait to analyze. Write down the number of the portrait you chose.

Prepare for a class discussion by making observations about your chosen portrait. Write your answers on your own paper. Here are some ideas to explore:

  • What stands out to you about their clothing? 
  • Do they look rich or poor? 
  • What guesses can you make about their place in society? 
  • Who do you think created the portrait? 
  • What other observations can you make about the portrait?
Lesson II. Step 2 of 5


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