CATOCTIN FURNACE MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON PLAN – Iron Industry Knowledge Transfer from Africa – Lesson Unit
Middle School history curriculums in the United States do not include an exploration of knowledge transfer of iron working skills from Africa as part of the TransAtlantic slave trade. Catoctin Furnace Historical Society intern Dana Gordon has developed a lesson plan for Middle Schoolers that tackles this subject as part of a larger exploration of the iron industry and the role of enslaved African Americans in the Industrial Revolution. Of all the factors that contributed to the industrial might of 20th-century America, none was more important than the development of a flourishing iron industry. This lesson plan introduces the diverse and skilled workforce of the iron industry and the importance of enslaved and free artisans in the industry.