• Slavery and the American Founding: The "Inconsistency not to be excused"

    Created June 10, 2010

    This lesson will focus on the views of the founders as expressed in primary documents from their own time and in their own words. Students will see that many of the major founders opposed slavery as contrary to the principles of the American Revolution. Students will also gain a better understanding of the views of many founders, even those who owned slaves – including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – who looked forward to a time when slavery would no longer mar the American Republic.

    We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement

    The National Park Service produced this virtual tour of the historic events and sites of the Civil Rights Movement.

    Rebellion: John Horse and the Black Seminoles

    Explores the story of the first black rebels to beat American slavery and leaders of the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project

    A center for study of the civil rights leader and his era.

    History of Jim Crow

    The Jim Crow laws encompassed every part of American life, from politics to education to sports. This site provides a comprehensive look at the 80-year period of segregation in the U.S.

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    Antislavery Literature Project

    Primary source texts on the antislavery movement as well as podcasts and videos. Accompanied by teachers’ guides.

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    Africans in America

    A companion site to the PBS series tracing the struggle against slavery with a rich array of classroom-ready resources (no film available).

    African American History Month

    The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

    African-American Women On-Line Archival Collections

    Historical collection of letters and memoirs by African-American women in the nineteenth-century.

  • Lesson 1: NAACP’s Anti-Lynching Campaign in the 1920s

    Created December 22, 2009
    Lesson 1: NAACP’s Anti-Lynching Campaign in the 1920s: Blots of shame

    This lesson focuses on the constitutional arguments for and against the enactment of federal anti-lynching legislation in the early 1920s. Students will participate in a simulation game that enacts a fictitious Senate debate of the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill. As a result of completing this activity, students will gain a better understanding of the federal system, the legislative process, and the difficulties social justice advocates encountered.