Greenhorn Sailor: John Jea, African American Preacher and Sailor

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Primary Source, Worksheets
Duration: 13 Minutes
Date Posted: 4/2/2012

When John Jea joined a ship’s crew in 1806, he was not prepared for the dangerous conditions, hard work, and preparation necessary for life at sea.  Listen to a dramatic reading of his narrative, and then study the supporting primary sources to answer the discussion questions. This resource is part of a series called “Life at Sea: 1680 to 1806,” which includes five perspectives on maritime life in the colonial period and early America.

This resource includes a teacher guide, student worksheet, downloadable audio, images of supporting primary sources, and discussion questions.

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