American Slavery Lesson Plans: Teaching Hard History
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Teaching American Slavery and Its Legacy
"Understanding American slavery is vital to understanding racial inequality today." - Hasan Kwame Jeffries
If you are lesson planning for the school year, teaching about the November 19 anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, or getting ready to celebrate Juneteenth -- the June 19 holiday recognizing the abolition of slavery -- this AFT Share My Lesson collection has what you need to teach preK-12 students the history of American slavery.
Help students go deeper into why Juneteenth is so important. Put simply, on July 4, 1776, slavery was still legal in the United States. So to call that a day of independence is hypocritical and untrue for a large population of Americans. The original Juneteenth was June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX when Union general Gordon Granger read federal orders that Black people enslaved by Confederate states were now free.
This preK-12 lesson and activity curated collection is in response to a Southern Poverty Law Center report, "Teaching Hard History: American Slavery," that shows that schools are failing to teach about slavery. This collection of resources features some of our partner and users' best material to ensure schools and teachers have the support they need to teach about the history of slavery. Listen to the podcast. You may also want to explore the 1619 Project via The New York Times.
Raise Awareness About the Past of American Slavery
Did you know only 8 percent of high school seniors surveyed can identify slavery as the central cause of the Civil War, and two-thirds don’t know that it took a constitutional amendment to formally end slavery? See how you can equip yourself to answer the tough questions, dispell misinformation and more when you check out our professional development webinars.
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'THE 1619 PROJECT' WEBINAR
Join the Pulitzer Center education team for materials to support student engagement with The 1619 Project, including their lesson for Nikole Hannah-Jones's lead essay, a reading guide for the issue, and extension activities.