In the Reacting to the Past series of role-playing games, students assume the identities of historical figures in a specific historical moment and compete to achieve their assigned objectives in a fluid, dynamic class environment. In this 12 hour, 6 session workshop, which will meet every two weeks, students will enter the debate around abolition in 1845 in America on its own terms. Armed with detailed context and historical background, student actors negotiate with one another in order to determine whether or not slavery has a place in American society.
Debates in the game focus on the intellectual and cultural clashes between the proslavery “Defenders of the Constitution” —the entrenched, respectable and often powerful proponents of American slavery—and the Abolitionists—a small but dedicated movement calling for slavery’s immediate and universal abolition.
This course is designed for learners with an Advanced or Proficiency level of English.
Instructor: Andrew Bennett, PhD