- Digging Deeper:
To learn more about the lives of enslaved and free blacks in
colonial Connecticut, read historian Peter Hinks's article, "Slavery & Freedom in the Era of the American Revolution, 1775-1800" (download pdf).
- Thinking Like an Historian:
Listen carefully to the video segment
in the introduction to this module "Slavery & Freedom in the
Era of the American Revolution," with Donna McCalla, of the Hebron
Historical Society. Then watch a dramatic recreation of the story of Cesar and Lowis, "Testimonies of a Quiet New England Town." Why is this story important to us? What does
the story of Cesar and Lowis tell us about what was important to
them and the fellow townspeople of Hebron?
- Using Primary Documents:
There is a wealth of primary materials
available documenting the story of
Cesar and Lowis Peters, many of which
are included on this page. As
with any historical narrative, these
documents constitute the factual basis
for the reconstruction of this story.
Use the primary documents related to
the Peters case to piece together your
own version of this story. Then compare
what you've written to the 1899 version
by F.C. Bissell (download
to Donna McCalla's essay "The Abduction, Rescue and Emancipation
of Cesar and Lowis Peters,"
linked above under "Documents."
What portion of these narratives is
based on documentary evidence? Do the
authors make inferences based on their
particular reading of the primary documents?