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Ben, an Enslaved Miller

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Ben, an enslaved miller at Mount Vernon, discusses freedom. Thinking aloud, he considers what his life might be like if he runs away from Mount Vernon and gains his freedom as compared to his current life as George Washington's miller. Special thanks to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens. Visit for more information. Tags: mount vernon, washington, revolutionary, war, political revolution, slavery, history, freedom >
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Last Updated: January 2, 2012

Alabama Course of Study
Alabama Social Studies

Grade 5
7.) Identify events leading to the American Revolution, including the Frend and Indian War, the Stamp Act, the Intolerable Acts, the Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party.
8a.) Describe the social and political impact of the Declaration of Independence.
8b.) Explain the role of key leaders and major events of the Revolutionary War.

Grade 10
3.) Trace the chronology of events leading to the American Revolution.

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
U. S. History
Grades 5-12
  • Understands the causes of the American Revolution, the ideas and interests involved in forging the revolutionary movement, and the reasons for the American victory
  • Understands the impact of the American Revolution on politics, economy, and society
7.) ERA 7: AN AGE OF REVOLUTIONS, 1750-1914
The student in grades 5-12 should understand
  • the causes and consequences of political revolutions in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
  • major global trends from 1750 to 1914.



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