• “Learning to Read” with Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's “Aunt Chloe”

    Created February 12, 2016
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    "Created Equal"

    NEH initiative of five outstanding films on the long civil rights movement .  The website contains five complete films, background essays, and a teachers' resource section with film clips, primary source documents, and lesson plans.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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

    Created December 10, 2014
  • Man in the Middle: Thomas Day and the Free Black Experience

    Created December 3, 2014
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    This lesson uses Day as a focal point for students to learn about ways that free blacks attained their free status and “crafted freedom” for themselves and others through their craft and entrepreneurial skills, through political activities, through leveraging their social position and contacts, and through their art and creativity.

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