Blogs tagged "emancipation"

Celebrate African American History Month

The plaque in front of August Wilson’s childhood home
This month, in honor of African American History, we offer several new and classic suggestions for teachers looking to incorporate the best open-source—i.e., free—digital humanities resources on history and literature into their classrooms. These resources, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, bridge the gap between the expanding academic scholarship of the black experience and the need for this history to be more widely taught at the K–12 level.Read More »
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Seven Ways to Teach the U.S. Constitution

Preamble to Constitution
On September 17,  every U.S. educational institution that receives federal funds is required to teach about the United States Constitution. EDSITEment was one of the first federal agencies to establish a Constitution Day feature, and over the years this feature has evolved into a robust mini-site of over 30 lessons, vetted websites, games, and videos.Read More »
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Gilder Lehrman’s Online Courses Ask: How Has the American South Evolved and the Cold War Shaped the World?

Bingham, George C. (1811-1879), "Stump Speaking," 1856
Since 2012, Gilder Lehrman’s Online Courses have offered educators far and wide the chance to pursue on their own schedules graduate study with distinguished scholars, enrolling 1,068 participants in 46 states and four continents to date.Read More »
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Reach Beyond the Black History You Already Teach!

Laurel Sneed, the creator of Crafting Freedom (www.craftingfreedom.org), is an educator, researcher, and media producer/film-maker based in Durham, North Carolina.Read More »
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150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address: “A Few Well Chosen Remarks”

Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address
When Abraham Lincoln was invited in the fall of 1863 to speak at the dedication of a national cemetery on the site of a pivotal Union victory at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, it was not to give the main speech. That oration was delivered by Edward Everett, a Massachusetts statesman, vice-presidential candidate of the Constitutional Union Party in 1860, and the most famous orator of his day. Everett spoke to the crowd of 15,000 without notes for over two hours, giving an example of the kind of ornate, learned, and transcendentalist rhetoric that was expected at such ceremonies.Read More »
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