We had an exciting week tracing the trail of Charles Sherman. We found so many interesting aspects about his life in the 1830s. We also have a good idea of where he lived in Suffield—right across the street from us! The following pdf. document is our working text about the steps in our research. We will be going over each step, and everyone will take one step of the research and explain how that stage of the research process was discovered and how it can build a story around Charles Sherman’s movements in the Connecticut Anti-slavery society possible involvement in the Underground Railroad. What might his involvement in the Connecticut Institute for Women suggest about his passion for helping fugitive slaves? We also found him traveling down to Hartford and around Hartford County as a viewer for the Hartford County Agricultural Society. We also need to track down more sources around a page from Horatio Strother’s Underground Railroad in Connecticut.
We’ll keep processing our reading of Chapter 8 from Complicity to appreciate how turbulent the political climate was in the 1830s/40s in Connecticut. There were organized and bitter uprising from all sides of the issue of abolitionism, suffrage, and temperence. The following link also resonates how some changed their mind during this decade.