In a Project Based Learning class, sources from all sorts of options are open to students, and the most important skill the student is to judge and criticizes the rigidity of the sources and relate them to other sources. Having the skill set of criticizing is crucial to the Underground Rail Road project we are doing this year since we are already gathering multiple storylines within different stories. Therefore, in order to having them all presented clearly in a presentation, the priority for us is to judge the rigidity of our sources.
Currently, there are a few versions of Flora’s story, which no one knows which the truth is and which is not. However, there is an attitude and skill we need to focus on to be able to identify the correct information to present at the end. Obviously, only by looking at the sources and thinks peopletyped some words wrong would not be convincing enough to the public. It is possible to do better with a criticizing skill. We shall doubt every difference between the stories and some of the dramatic stories in the sources, because they could be the part that people made up to make the story more dramatic. Yet, with the skill set presented, the next step we shall do is searching for related stories at the same time period in similar close areas. For example, any slave returning issue at the same time period as Flora would help to verify the rigidity of the sources we found so far.
From the two sources I found, there are acts and events that taken place in 1840 that shows different decisions from courts that give us sense of how events turned out during that time. We will have a general direction of how Flora’s story could lead to; jtherefore make a more reasonable and educational guess on the truth. The articulate presents the important events happened from 1840 to 1860. With new territory coming to the US, people were having another extensive conversation of the new born state’s belongings – free or slave states? This problem became sharper after 1820 as Missouri joined the US as a slave state to balance the number of free states in the US. The Fugitive Slave Act was revised and reinforced in the same year, 1850, putting on heavier penalties on people who concealed escaped slaves and putting more difficult times on the Underground Rail Road. On top of that, the south complained that the Fugitive Slave Act was not enforced enough at the time and the free states sent African Americans that are loyal to the Union even during the civil war.
With all these information and history, we would think the direction of Flora being poorly treated on the court and the people who fought for her freedom might have lost. We shall come up with an idea of her being captured and sent back and therefore elimate or put the contradicting information of them being saved as secondary to put in our presentation.