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South and Slavery Web Sites

Documenting the American South (DAS) is an impressive collection of sources by the University of North Carolina on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. DAS supplies teachers, students, and researchers with a wide range of titles they can use for reference, studying, teaching, and research. Currently, DAS includes ten thematic collections of primary sources for the study of southern history, literature, and culture including Oral Histories of the American South, True and Candid Compositions: Antebellum Writings, First-Person Narratives of the American South, and North American Slave Narratives.

The Valley of the Shadow depicts two communities, one Northern and one Southern, through the experience of the American Civil War. The project focuses on Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and it presents a hypermedia archive of thousands of sources that creates a social history of the coming, fighting, and aftermath of the Civil War. Those sources include newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, maps, church records, population census, agricultural census, and military records. Students can explore the conflict and write their own histories or reconstruct the life stories of women, African Americans, farmers, politicians, soldiers, and families. The project is intended for secondary schools, community colleges, libraries, and universities.

Part of PBS’s African-American Journey site, here you’ll find part one of a rich collection of resources — images, documents, stories, biographies, and commentaries — on the experience of slavery in America. There is also a useful teacher’s guide and activities for students. There are three other parts to explore: The Terrible Transformation: 1450-1750, Revolution: 1750-1805, and Brotherly Love: 1791-1831

A LOC resource guide for the study of Black History and Culture, the Mosaic explores colonization, abolition, migration, and the WPA. Included are maps, charts, primary sources, and background information.

The Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress, available on the American Memory Web site, contain approximately 7,400 items (38,000 images) relating to Douglass’ life as an escaped slave, abolitionist, editor, orator, and public servant. The papers consist of correspondence, speeches and articles by Douglass and his contemporaries, a draft of his autobiography, financial and legal papers, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous items. Topics include politics, emancipation, racial prejudice, women’s suffrage, and prison reform. Included are correspondences with Susan B. Anthony, William Lloyd Garrison, Horace Greeley, Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison, and others.

12bet手机版首页 Over two thousand former slaves, most born in the last years of the slave regime or during the Civil War, provide first-hand accounts of their experiences on plantations, in cities, and on small farms. At this web site you can read a sample of these narratives and see some photographs taken at the time of the interviews. There is an annotated list of narratives, sound files, and related resources. Part of the American Hypertext Workshop at the University of Virginia.

12bet手机版首页 Special features of this PBS companion site include a QuickTime VR tour of the farmhouse where John Brown’s army gathered before the raid on Harpers Ferry. There are also extended interviews with program participants and excerpts from letters and speeches, as well as an editorial list of books, articles, and Web sites relating to the program topic.

An informative and engaging site

12bet手机版首页 This Library of Congress site has a plentiful amount of primary source documents and an introduction to the abolitionist movement in America.

12bet手机版首页 This site explores the famous slave ship revolt and offers a detailed narrative, timelines, teaching guides, a resource collection, and more.

12bet手机版首页 This is useful source for documents on slave life from the late 18th century through the 19th century.

12bet手机版首页 Part of a Library of Congress exhibit, this section includes antislavery petitions and other original sources documenting the struggle to abolish slavery.

12bet手机版首页 Beginning in 1856, Olmstead traveled for fourteen months in the south as a journalist examining plantation life. Many modern historians consider his work one of the best contemporary descriptions of plantation slavery.

Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides, Activities and more

A four part PBS lesson plan that covers slavery throughout American history. Lessons make good use of primary sources.

Presented by PBS, this lesson plan puts emphasis on class discussion and debate. There are several debate questions, as well as an activities section of the guide. Activities include research projects and putting John Brown on trial.

This two-part Marco Polo lesson plan draws on letters written by African Americans in slavery and by free blacks to loved ones still in bondage, singling out a few among the many slave experiences to offer students a glimpse into slavery and its effects on African American family life. Grades 9-12.

This lesson plan, provided by Marco Polo, examines the Emancipation Proclamation and the factors that inspired its creation. Special attention is also paid to newspaper opinion articles of the time. Please note: The material in this lesson plan may contain offensive language and racial stereotypes. Marco Polo asks teachers to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of presenting this to students. Grades 9-12.

12bet手机版首页 This lesson plan uses resources from The Valley of the Shadow website. Students will examine Newspaper articles in particular in order to understand why many Southerners supported slavery. Recommended for grades 9-12.

Students will read transcriptions of articles from two Franklin County, Pennsylvania newspapers in order to compare the county’s Republican and Democratic Parties’ positions on slavery. Lesson Plan provided by The Valley of the Shadow.

Part of the NARA site, this lesson plan focuses on the Amistad. The lesson plan contains 5 online documents and a Teacher guideline.

In this lesson, students learn about President Bush’s July 8, 2003 speech about slavery on Gorée Island, Senegal. They then research and conduct a teach-in on slavery issues in United States history.(July 14, 2003)

Created by the New Deal Network, these three lessons teach students about slavery through the use of authentic first person narratives. Students are asked to read, analyze, and compare the different narratives. Narratives and resources provided.

This Oakland Unified School District lesson plan is designed for 9th grade students. You’ll be impressed with the array of teaching ideas, lesson templates, handouts, worksheets, and tech integration. The goal of the lesson is to encourage students to read purposefully, learn reading strategies, and develop Expository writing strategies for improving critical thinking skills. The themes of Social Justice, Social Reconciliation, and Social Transformation play a central role in the lessons.

Digital History provides brief excerpts from primary sources and statistics on slavery, as well as questions to think about.

12bet手机版首页 This site by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and The Digital Media Lab at the University of Virginia Library provides hundreds of images from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public.

12bet手机版首页 The Student Resources section of The American Nation companion web site features introductions to chapters, interactive quizzes, flashcards, web links, an American History Glossary, and an American History Appendix.

12bet手机版首页 The Digital Resource Guides provide links to American history web sites by period and provide historical overviews, readings (online textbook chapter, Reader’s Companion), primary source documents (documents, maps, cartoons), teaching resources (chronologies, maps, quizzes), audio-visual resources, and additional resources. The Guides are an excellent and comprehensive teaching resource.

A New York teacher has produced a great general site for history teachers that offers AP-level United States history quizzes on many different periods and topics.

12bet手机版首页 These student-created DBQs are part of the excellent Historyteacher.net site

12bet手机版首页In this lesson, students examine the constitutionality of various forms of expression; they then take part in a mock trial on the issue of cross burning. (December 13, 2002)

12bet手机版首页 The companion web site to The American People offers blank maps related to various topics in American history. The maps can be printed or placed in a PowerPoint presentation. Go to Blank Maps for Quizzes.

A collection of images from the New York Public Library produced by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.