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“Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery

Silhouette drawing of a slave named Flora
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery exhibition titled “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” is the first major exhibition to trace the development of the silhouette as an art form.Read More »
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Truth and Memory in the Mississippi Delta: What the Emmett Till Case Means Today

Panelists Alvin Sykes, Wheeler Parker, and Jerry Mitchell
Rolando Herts, PhD, Director, The Delta Center for Culture and Learning, Delta State University, Cleveland, MississippiOn the same day when the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other national media outlets announced the reopening of the Emmett Till case, 36 K-12 educators from across the country were gathered for a panel discussion in the Tallahatchie County Courthouse, where the Till murder trial took place in 1955.Read More »
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Student Interactives for U.S. History: Revolution to Reconstruction

Missouri Compromise Map
Do your students get more out of classroom time if you incorporate interactives? EDSITEment’s lesson plans are rich in the engaging student activities that can be used in a variety of contexts. Try the interactive maps, timelines—and more—below!American War for Independence: Interactive MapInteractive map of the campaigns of the American Revolution in the northern colonies.Read More »
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Traveling with John Steinbeck—and Charley!

Vista Mission Mountains, National Bison Range, Montana
“I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation—a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from any Here. They spoke quietly of how they wanted to go someday, to move about, free and unanchored, not toward something but away from something. I saw this look and heard this yearning everywhere in every state I visited. Nearly every American hungers to move.” —John Steinbeck, Travels with CharleyRead More »

Walking with Thoreau on Cape Cod

Corn Hill Beach, Truro, Massachusetts.
Most persons visit the seaside in warm weather…but I suspect fall is the best season…In October, when the landscape wears its autumnal tints,…that I am convinced is the best time to visit this shore…the thoughtful days begin, and we can walk anywhere with profit.—Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod  Read More »
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