Blogs tagged "slavery"

Getting Ready to Teach “Twelve Years a Slave” and the Slave Narrative Tradition

For anyone who thinks that they know slavery—you read that book and you do a double take. It was just stunning to me that I'd never known about it. In fact, the majority of the people who I spoke to about the story had no idea about it. I was like, How did I not know about this book?— Interview with filmmaker Steve McQueenRead More »
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A President’s Birthday Salute! The National Library of Medicine Prescribes George Washington

"George Washington and Family" painting, 1858–1860
Patricia Tuohy, Head, Exhibition Program, National Library of Medicine. Patricia holds a B.F.A. in painting and an M.A. in art history. Engaged in developing exhibitions for over 25 years, she has led the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine since its inception in 1996.Read More »
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Searching for Solomon Northup in "Chronicling America"

Solomon Northup engraving c. 1853
Helen Aguera is a Senior Program Officer in the Division of Preservation and Access at NEHRead 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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