Walt Whitman on Abraham Lincoln Manuscript Division, LOC

Teacher’s Guide to the 150th Anniversary of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Discover how the American people coped with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.

  • Harriet Jacobs and Elizabeth Keckly: The Material and Emotional Realities of Childhood in Slavery

    Created March 24, 2015
    Harriet Jacobs and Elizabeth Keckly: composite image

    In this lesson, students learn firsthand about the childhoods of Jacobs and Keckly from reading excerpts from their autobiographies. They practice reading for both factual information and making inferences from these two primary sources.

  • Henry “Box” Brown’s Narrative: Creating Original Historical Fiction

    Created February 5, 2015
    Henry Box Brown resurrection

    Slave narratives are a unique American literary genre in which former slaves tell about their lives in slavery and how they acquired their freedom. Henry “Box” Brown escaped from slavery by having himself shipped in a crate (hence, the nickname “Box”) from Richmond, Virginia, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1849.

  • Man in the Middle: Thomas Day and the Free Black Experience (video)

    Created December 10, 2014
  • Man in the Middle: Thomas Day and the Free Black Experience

    Created December 3, 2014
    Thomas Day mantlepiece detail

    This lesson uses Day as a focal point for students to learn about ways that free blacks attained their free status and “crafted freedom” for themselves and others through their craft and entrepreneurial skills, through political activities, through leveraging their social position and contacts, and through their art and creativity.

    Harriet Powers, American folk artist and quilt maker, is born

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    Frances Ellen Watkins, African American abolitionist and poet, born

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  • Frederick Douglass’s “Narrative:” Myth of the Happy Slave

    Created October 8, 2014
    Frontispiece of original edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    In 1845, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, and Written by Himself was published. In it, Douglass criticizes directly—often with withering irony—those who defend slavery and those who prefer a romanticized version of it.

    September—Back to Work, Back to School, Back to Books

    Common Core Lessons and Related Resources for Back to School 2014

    Annual feature detailing resources teachers may find useful as school resumes. For this 2104 listing, EDSITEment has framed new resources aligned to respond to the Common Core State Standards including a number of exemplars.

  • Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s “Learning to Read”

    Created August 21, 2014
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    In this lesson students do a close reading of “Learning to Read,” a poem by Francis Watkins Harper about an elderly former slave which conveys the value of literacy to blacks during and after slavery. The activities also prompt students to examine the nature of century in the 21st century and the value they put upon it.