• Frederick Douglass’s “Narrative:” Myth of the Happy Slave

    Created October 8, 2014
    Frontispiece of original edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    In 1845, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, and Written by Himself was published. In it, Douglass criticizes directly—often with withering irony—those who defend slavery and those who prefer a romanticized version of it.

    Tryptich of Roosevelts, Franklin, Eleanor and Teddy

    How Teachers Can Make the “Most of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”

    Ken Burns’ seven-part, fourteen hour film “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” illuminates over 100 years of American history as the country transitions between “politics as usual” and reform, isolation and internationalism, a laissez faire economy and government regulation, and international war and peace.

    September—Back to Work, Back to School, Back to Books

    Common Core Lessons and Related Resources for Back to School 2014

    Annual feature detailing resources teachers may find useful as school resumes. For this 2104 listing, EDSITEment has framed new resources aligned to respond to the Common Core State Standards including a number of exemplars.

    American Experience webpage for Freedom Summer

    American Experience: Freedom Summer

    In the summer of 1964, student volunteers joined local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi. The website features historical background essays, bonus video interviews with participants and original art work.

    American Experience webpage for Freedom Summer

    American Experience: Freedom Summer

    In the summer of 1964, student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most segregated states. The website features historical background essays, bonus video of interviews with participants and original art work.

  • David Walker's "Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World"

    Created April 1, 2014
    Selma to Montgomery March photograph by James Karales

    Created Equal

    The NEH Created Equal initiative uses the power of documentary films to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. The five films that are part of this project tell the remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo, from slavery to segregation.

    Freedom Rider civil rights bus

    "Created Equal": Four films on the history of the civil rights movement

    This NEH initiative brings five outstanding films on the long civil rights movement to communities across the United States. As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)’s Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal has encouraged communities across the country to revisit the history of civil rights in America.

    Robert Smalls

    "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross"

    Explore the evolution of the African American people in this six-part documentary presented by Henry Louis Gates Jr. Discover the how they forged their own history, culture, and society against unimaginable odds.