Photograph of Zora Neale Hurston.

American Masters: Zora Neale Hurston

American Masters' "Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun"  offers an introduction to the writer many consider the pre-eminent African American woman novelist of her generation. The American Masters website provides a career timeline, photographs, and additional footage from the film. An important letter from Hurston to the poet Countee Cullen on race relations in America is also included as are links to related websites. 

Abraham Lincoln delivers "House Divided" speech

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Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, appears in serial form

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Congress adopts the 19th Amendment

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  • Slavery and the American Founding: The "Inconsistency not to be excused"

    Created June 10, 2010

    This lesson will focus on the views of the founders as expressed in primary documents from their own time and in their own words. Students will see that many of the major founders opposed slavery as contrary to the principles of the American Revolution. Students will also gain a better understanding of the views of many founders, even those who owned slaves – including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – who looked forward to a time when slavery would no longer mar the American Republic.

    We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement

    The National Park Service produced this virtual tour of the historic events and sites of the Civil Rights Movement.

    Rebellion: John Horse and the Black Seminoles

    Explores the story of the first black rebels to beat American slavery and leaders of the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project

    A center for study of the civil rights leader and his era.

    History of Jim Crow

    The Jim Crow laws encompassed every part of American life, from politics to education to sports. This site provides a comprehensive look at the 80-year period of segregation in the U.S.

    painting of a man with knapsack walking over a bridge

    Antislavery Literature Project

    Primary source texts on the antislavery movement as well as podcasts and videos. Accompanied by teachers’ guides.