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American Slavery Lesson Plans: Teaching Hard History

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American Slavery Lesson Plans: Teaching Hard History


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Teaching American Slavery and Its Legacy 

Acknowledging the role of slavery in American history is crucial in understanding the systemic racism that still exists in our society today. Slavery was the foundation of the American economy and society for centuries, and its legacy on education, financial, housing and the criminal justice system continue to shape the experiences of Black Americans today. 

Responding to the human toll of slavery, the ways in which it was justified and perpetuated, and the impact it has had on generations of Black Americans is essential for creating a more just and equitable society. Acknowledging slavery is not only a moral imperative, but it is also necessary for creating meaningful change and progress. Review sample resources from this collection below, then get started with your lesson planning and professional development here.

Sample Resources

Win a Class Set of "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks"

Celebrate Black History and Women's History Months by learning about one of our American heroes: Mrs. Rosa Parks. In partnership with the Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History and AFT's Share My Lesson, we are giving away copies of Jeanne Theoharis’ book, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, and you can attend a live virtual screening of the documentary The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.