Dolley Madison and Slavery

This short video presents Dolley Madison as a typical member of the antebellum slaveholding gentry. Dolley, like her southern contemporaries, saw slaves as property. Professor Catherine Allgor notes that when Dolley Madison began selling her slaves in the 1840’s, she was strongly criticized by the abolitionist press.

Grade

9, 10, 11, 12

Resource Types

Video

Teaching Strategy

Lecture

Duration

3 minutes

Constitution

13th Amendment