The Charter Oak Document Review

One of the most important primary sources, that sparked interested in this topic, is a special document by Charter Oak.  In class, the topic of slaves and the abolitionist movement have been frequently discussed, and with these topics we go through several documents, none, however, as impressive as this.  To begin, The Charter Oak Vol. 1, lists people who agreed to put their names on the paper in order to show their support for the abolitionist movement.  This is important to point out because the fact that it was revolutionary to think that a slave should become a free man, and in this newspaper the people who signed up agreed to become beacons of hope for the belief of freedom.  The people on this list were considered to be revolutionary thinkers of their time, the only thing that is close to equivalent in today’s world is people starting to adopt the idea’s of gay marriage. And while the two topics are very different, the truth is that they have similar qualities when coming to people fighting for something they believe in.  The writing in the primary source had only encouraged the class’s excitement towards discovering new sources that showed local abolitionists movements.  The class had later discovered other cites and people who were linked to this article.  Without this we might not have looked in the places that we did.  One of the most interesting things about this paper in particular is that they have a man in Suffield, CT on this.  The fact that they have a man from Suffield is interesting to say the least because as a class we have been trying to find connections of the Underground Railroad and Suffield.  This is one of the first pieces of paper in which the class can see that Suffield was indeed involved in abolitionist movements and has a possible link to the Underground Railroad. The importance of the article is high because of many reasons; one of them being that it is one of the first of its kind, in 1838 it was 26 years before slavery becomes abolished.  So since it was kind of a new idea, it makes it important that a section of the article is toward the anti-slavery convention’s beliefs and what they stand for.  The people of the anti-slavery convention wanted to make it very clear on what they want for the United States of America, and while maybe at the time considered an unpopular opinion the points that they make are still morally right.  The way they plan out there points is similar to that of the declaration of independence in the way that it delineate, making sure to cover all of the topics that they wish to cover.  Overall, this document is both rich information and exciting for future research on the topic, mostly because it shows that there is a person in Suffield back in 1838 who believed in anti-slavery. This fact suggests that there is a possibility that the Underground Railroad went through Suffield.


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5 Responses to The Charter Oak Document Review

  1. ahglennon says:

    I liked this piece and the exposure of charter oak. As you write about primary sources and how important this one is, were there anymore you came across in your research? From a readers standpoint the large block paragraph is a bit intimidating, I would break it down a bit if possible. Good work.

  2. suffieldkid says:

    I think this is very interesting, and well written. I know you mentioned Suffield, but did you read about a town with maybe a higher number of people? I think you should use paragraphs, not one long one.

  3. 14dlw says:

    Good work here Brendan. Looking into it, what would be the most important information we could take with us as a class on our journey? Reading this was a little tough because it was all one big block, from a reader´s point of view it would be better if you broke the post up into paragraphs.

  4. 14ross says:

    Nice piece Brendan. The one-big paragraph was a little intimidating but I think it’s great that you managed to get the nail right on the head. Probably the goal that Mr. Sullivan has spoken about most in class is finding any sort of link that could lead us to finding out more about Suffield and the UGRR, and this is exactly what you’ve done. This is something that we should all dig deeper into because clearly Suffield was involved with the UGRR.

  5. Ben N says:

    This is a pretty good piece of writing, Brendan. We continue to refer to the Charter Oak document in class and it has been almost two months since you posted this. The Charter Oak document has a wealth of information that pertains to our research. Does the COD have any additional information that could possibly link Suffield and its residents to the Underground Railroad in Connecticut? This piece contains very little errors but there are a few grammar and spelling mistakes that need attention.

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