African American History Month Federal Resources The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have joined in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in […]
Emancipation Proclamation Commemorative Coloring Book provides an overview of the history of the Emancipation Proclamation for children and coloring pages featuring Abraham Lincoln and notable African Americans, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama.
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”
TeachingHistory.org provides lessons, teaching guides, best practices, and other resources for teaching history. See videos on “what is historical thinking,” teaching history in elementary school, and the digital classroom. Find primary sources and reviews of more than 1,000 websites and primary document resources. Search by topic and grade level.
The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom features 20 primary documents and resources for learning about the history and achievements of America’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Topics include Booker T. Washington, voting rights, Brown v. Board of Education, Marian Anderson singing […]
Great Chicago Stories presents historical fiction that illuminates Chicago’s past. Listen to (or read) 12 stories about the abolitionist movement; public housing and white flight; labor and the Haymarket Affair; progressivism, Hull House, and immigration; great migration and the jazz age; the 1893 World’s Fair; trains; baseball; hot dogs; and more. Stories are offered for […]
Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 presents over 100 books and pamphlets on experiences of African and African-American slaves in American colonies and U.S. The documents, published between 1772 and 1889, include trial cases and proceedings, journals, and other documents of historical importance. A special presentation looks at the slave code for the District of Columbia.
Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits presents photos of 100 famous and influential African Americans, from with Frederick Douglass and to Wynton Marsalis. Each portrait includes a brief biography.
New Philadelphia tells the story of the first African American to plat and register a town before the Civil War. Born into slavery in 1777 in South Carolina, Frank McWorter moved to Kentucky with his owner, where he married and earned cash as a laborer to purchase freedom for his wife and later himself. He […]
African American History Resources celebrates the contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history. Learn about Harriet Tubman, John Hope Franklin, the Tuskegee Airmen, African Americans in the military, African American band music and recordings, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Find a number of primary documents and resources for teachers.