The realities of slavery and Reconstruction hit home in poignant oral histories from the Library of Congress. In these activities, students research narratives from the Federal Writers' Project and describe the lives of former African slaves in the U.S. -- both before and after emancipation. From varied stories, students sample the breadth of individual experiences, make generalizations about the effects of slavery and Reconstruction on African Americans, and evaluate primary source documents.
Examine the history and geography of a region that has been at the heart of the American experience.
Students learn to analyze a variety of portraits, both literary and visual.
Find out what it might feel like to grow up in an Asian, African, or Latin American country.
Explore American attitudes toward conflict through Civil War photographs and World War II poster art.
Trace similar motifs in the artwork and folklore of India, Africa, the Maya, and Native Americans.
Students examine photographs of sod houses, build a model sod house, and picture themselves living in a soddie to gain a firsthand perspective on this important period of American history.
Spend a day with a model American family and the photographer who molded our view of their lives.