I am the night, color me black.
Middle School Resources
Prophet of Freedom
Behind the “Leonine Gaze” of Frederick DouglassHistorian David Blight on his new biography of Frederick Douglass.
Frederick Douglass, Scarred and tormented seeing men made slaves, set the course of his life to show how a slave became a man. In the cadences of the Bible and Shakespeare, A radical abolitionist with the gaze of a lion, Douglass bestrides the peaks and dark valleys of American history like a colossus, and a modern. More photographed than Lincoln; more traveled than any orator save possibly Mark Twain. He was face-to-face with the whole cast of the 19th Century — the only black man at the birthing of the women’s movement in Seneca Falls in 1848. He pushed back with Lincoln in the White House, and with the rebel John Brown before Harpers Ferry. He moved Emerson to say: “Here is the Anti-Slave.”
Ken Burns and his collaborators have been creating historical documentary films for more than forty years. Known for a signature style that brings primary source documents, images, and archival video footage to life on screen, these films present the opportunity to pose thought-provoking questions for students, and introduce new ideas, perspectives, and primary sources. Lesson Plan (46), Video (322), Media Gallery (92), Interactive (1), Image (26), Document (15) for Grades 4-13+
White supremacy has a history in Rochester, NY
(Home of Frederick Douglass) There are no Confederate monuments in Monroe County, and no white supremacist rallies are scheduled. But the Rochester New York area, proud as it is of its role in the anti-slavery movement, does have a history of racist groups and gatherings.
It dates at least to 1872, when the local hero of that anti-slavery movement, Frederick Douglass, had his South Avenue house burned down while he was out of town. Read the whole story click here.
Steve Inskeep talks with Andrew Delbanco about slavery and reparations. Delbanco is the author of, The War Before the War. Delbanco writes about Americans' complicity with Slavery in his latest book.
The Unknown History of Atlantic Vs Islamic Slave Trade
How did we get from "The Civil War" to "The War of Northern Aggression?" The North won the war (whatever that means) but the South clearly won the propaganda war afterwards..
These are the results of the "Daughters of the Confederacy's" Education program. How is it that the President’s Chief of Staff John Kelly, a well educated man and former General, commented that the Civil War would not have happened if there had been "compromise." He further said that General Lee "was an honorable man" when clearly the General forsook his oath to defend the United States, and the Constitution, to traitorously fight "for his state." I implore you, how did the “Civil War” metamorphosize into “War of Northern Aggression?”
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A Postcard View of African-American Life
Why Schools Fail To Teach Slavery's 'Hard History'
"In the ways that we teach and learn about the history of American slavery," write the authors of a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), "the nation needs an intervention."
This new report, titled Teaching Hard History: American Slavery, is meant to be that intervention: a resource for teachers who are eager to help their students better understand slavery — not as some "peculiar institution" but as the blood-soaked bedrock on which the United States was built. To read more click here...