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.
The National Park Service produced this virtual tour of the historic events and sites of the Civil Rights Movement.
Explores the story of the first black rebels to beat American slavery and leaders of the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history.
A center for study of the civil rights leader and his era.
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.
Primary source texts on the antislavery movement as well as podcasts and videos. Accompanied by teachers’ guides.
A companion site to the PBS series tracing the struggle against slavery with a rich array of classroom-ready resources (no film available).
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.
Historical collection of letters and memoirs by African-American women in the nineteenth-century.
Created December 22, 2009
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.