Download your copy of the BELLE Curriculum Guide, made possible through the generous support of the New Jersey Amistad Commission.
With this thorough guide, which conforms to the Common Core Standards, educators will be able to take their students on a wonderful journey through 18th century England and explore the cases at the heart of this story - the Zong Massacre and Somerset vs. Stewart.
Resources include an analysis of the primary cases, portraits of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, Atlantic Slave Trading Vessels and the Zong ship image and a Powerpoint presentation on Stream of Conciousness thought.
ABOUT THE FILM
Inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Bell, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain priviledges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in 18th century England.
Courtesy: New Jersey Amistad Commission