Blogs tagged "slavery"

Pulitzer Prize-winning Book of Poetry—“Olio”— Is a Liberating Experience

Tyehimba Jess
The 2017 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, Olio by Tyehimba Jess, “melds performance art with the deeper art of poetry,” explains a statement from the judges, “to explore collective memory and challenge contemporary notions of race and identity.” English teachers will find a wealth of source material in the book’s bibliography—from slave narratives to histories of the music of black Americans—to supplement the study of the poems themselves, whRead More »

Lincoln’s Enduring Legacy

Hermann Faber, Deathbed scene with man holding Lincoln, 1865
Abraham Lincoln’s assassinationOn April 14 we commemorate the death of Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). The years in which Lincoln served as president, 1861–1865, were among the most momentous in America’s history. A month after his election, South Carolina seceded from the Union, triggering a four-year conflict that would leave nearly a million Americans dead or wounded, four million slaves free, and a nation changed forever.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Commemorate the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial with these NEH resources

Frederick Douglass as a young man
February is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, an extraordinary American orator and statesman. Born into slavery, he escaped and joined the abolitionist movement, working as a writer, publisher, orator, and Underground Railroad conductor. During the Civil War he worked actively for the enlistment of black men in the Union Army and for emancipation. In the Reconstruction era and after, he continued his fight for equal rights for African Americans and for women.Read More »
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Ten Ways to Teach the U.S. Constitution

Preamble to the Constitution
September 17 is officially Constitution Day (celebrated on Monday, September 18 this year). Since 2005, every U.S. educational institution that receives federal funds is required to teach about the United States Constitution. The original Constitution, signed by the members of the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, is the oldest working constitution in the world.Read More »
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The Declaration of Independence as the Foundational Document in American History

“The Declaration Committee,” 1876 lithograph print.
In recent years, as primary sources become more central to teaching American history, students have been asked to analyze these documents for their historical and literary significance. Among the most important American documents, most teachers would include the Declaration of Independence along with the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings