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The National Humanities Center offers primary and secondary resources, webinars, and lessons for history and literature teachers. Our Lessons provide new primary texts with background information and discussion strategies to integrate them into classroom teaching. Many Lessons include interactive student exercises. The Center also offers live, interactive professional development webinars for history and literature teachers, conducted by leading scholars. Archived webinars can be found on our YouTube channel.

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“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”
  • Slavery
  • High School
In the 1850s abolition was not a widely embraced movement in the United States. It was considered radical, extreme, and dangerous. In “What to the...
The Columbian Exchange
  • Social Studies
  • High School
The Columbian Exchange — the interchange of plants, animals, disease, and technology sparked by Columbus’s voyages to the New World — marked a...
Benjamin Franklin’s Satire of Witch Hunting
  • Craft and Structure
  • MS, HS
Many people in the eighteenth century, especially the educated elite in Europe and America, believed that truth was discovered through reason,...
James Madison Debates a Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights, considered today a foundation of our liberties, was highly contested at the time of its creation. Some legislators saw a bill of...
“The Chinese Question from a Chinese Standpoint,”
To confront rising intolerance in the 1870s, Chinese leaders appealed to local governments, Congress, and the President for fair treatment. In an...
Thoreau’s "Civil Disobedience"
In “Civil Disobedience” Thoreau not only calls for resistance to immoral and unjust government actions, he also criticizes the foundations of...
National Humanities Ctr Education YouTube Channel
  • Multiple Subjects
  • MS, HS
National Humanities Center professional development webinars focus on teaching with primary sources — historical documents, literary texts, visual...
Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark”
  • Reading Standards for Fiction
  • MS, HS
Aylmer, the protagonist of Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark,” undertakes to remove the blemish from his wife’s cheek to satisfy his own spiritual strivings...
Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, 1776
  • Multiple Subjects
  • High School
By January 1776, the American colonies were in open rebellion against Britain. Yet few dared voice what most knew was true — they were no longer...