Category Archives: HOT Log Florence 1/20/14

Ruggles and the Penny Press

In the early nineteenth century, when many progressive movements were taking shape, determined political leaders and social activists relied heavily on the use of both the printing press and the post office.  For prominent figures like Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, … Continue reading

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The American Studies Class Visits Florence, Massachusetts

Bill Sullivan’s American Studies class visited The David Ruggles Center in Florence, Massachusetts, to move closer toward its goal of finding documented evidence of the Underground Railroad traveling through Suffield. The class learned more about the complexities of the abolition … Continue reading

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Seth Hunt House

During the time of under ground railroad the slaves had to hide out in peoples houses for safe havens. The railroads were made up strings of houses that abolitionist who would keep the slaves hidden within there house. In Florence … Continue reading

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David Ruggles and The Water Cure.

David Ruggles (1810-1849) was of one of the most heroic, and one of the most overlooked figures of the abolitionist movement in America. David Ruggles became well versed in the water cure system. He was subsequently at the head of … Continue reading

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A Strong-minded Woman.

Isabelle Baumfree, also known as Sojourner Truth, was born in New York in 1797. She was born into slavery, and got separated from her family when she was nine. As a child Sojourner was sold several times to different families … Continue reading

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Ross farm famously help the abolitionist movement

            In this article, we can see one of the famous houses in Florence, MA was the Ross Farm, known for its connections to helping the abolitionist movements.  The importance of this article is that … Continue reading

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Horatio T. Strother’s outlook on David Ruggles!

               In his book, The Underground Railroad in Connecticut, Horatio T. Strother’s explores and unveils the heroic actions that David Ruggles, an agent on the Underground Railroad, took to ensure the freedom of countless … Continue reading

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Ross Farm: A Runaway’s Heaven.

Purchased in 1841, the Ross Farm soon became a main resource center for abolitionists and former slaves both living and passing through Florence, MA. The owners, Samuel Hill and Austin Ross, soon turned the home into the headquarters of the … Continue reading

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How the Dorsey-Jones House Came to be

Thomas Jones was a slave on a plantation near Wilmington, North Carolina. At the age of 9 Jones was purchased by a shopkeeper, and Jones worked as a clerk for many years. Then, Jones fell in love and married another … Continue reading

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What’s a HOT Log? Our PBL Assessment

Simply stated, a HOT Log (Higher Order Thinking Log [log = systematic record, journal]) explains what you have learned, what you want to learn next, and what skill(s) you will apply for your discovery. Because we will categorize each HOT … Continue reading

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