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World History from EDSITEment

Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in World History.

Camus’ “The Myth of Sisyphus”: A Close Reading of the Absurd

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No one who lives in the sunlight makes a failure of his life. Albert Camus, Notebooks

  • William Henry Singleton’s Resistance to Slavery: Overt and Covert

    Created June 17, 2015
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    In this lesson, students will learn that enslaved people resisted their captivity constantly. Because they were living under the domination of their masters, slaves knew that direct, outright, overt resistance—such as talking back, hitting their master or running away––could result in being whipped, sold away from their families and friends, or even killed.

    Walt Whitman on Abraham Lincoln Manuscript Division, LOC

    Teacher’s Guide to the 150th Anniversary of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    Discover how the American people coped with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.

  • Harriet Jacobs and Elizabeth Keckly: The Material and Emotional Realities of Childhood in Slavery

    Created March 24, 2015
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    In this lesson, students learn firsthand about the childhoods of Jacobs and Keckly from reading excerpts from their autobiographies. They practice reading for both factual information and making inferences from these two primary sources.

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    Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

    Sports are an indelible part of our culture and community. Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America shows how sports reflect the trials and triumphs of the American experience and help mold our national character. Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. The online exhibition includes educational resources for grades 6–10 aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

  • Henry “Box” Brown’s Narrative: Creating Original Historical Fiction

    Created February 5, 2015
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    Slave narratives are a unique American literary genre in which former slaves tell about their lives in slavery and how they acquired their freedom. Henry “Box” Brown escaped from slavery by having himself shipped in a crate (hence, the nickname “Box”) from Richmond, Virginia, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1849.

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    Constitutionally Speaking

    Constitutionally Speaking, a collaboration of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and several New Hampshire nonprofit organizations offers a suite of civics resources for K–12 teachers, including award-winning lesson plans and videos on the nation's founding document and its application in 21st-century America.

    Launchpad: “The Grand Inquisitor” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    By Ed Marks and Dan Cummings, revised by Joe Phelan

    About the Author

    In the spring of 1849, Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881) faced a Russian firing squad. He had been accused of the political crime of promoting utopian socialism, a popular ideology that threatened the deeply conservative government of Czar Nicholas I. Just as the order was being given to the firing squad to shoot, a messenger appeared with an edict from the Czar commuting the sentence to four years of hard labor in Siberia.

  • Man in the Middle: Thomas Day and the Free Black Experience (video)

    Created December 10, 2014