The Knotted Line is an interactive, tactile laboratory for exploring the historical relationship between freedom and confinement in the geographic area of the United States. With miniature paintings of over 50 historical moments from 1495-2025, The Knotted Line asks: how is freedom measured? Just as importantly, The Knotted Line imagines a new world through the work of grassroots movements for self-determination. Features teacher resources including realated media, lesson plans, and discussion questions that are adaptable for middle through college, and for community groups. [Website description.]
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1731/2000: Three’s a Crowd
1731: New York Slave Code—No more than three slaves can assemble on Sunday.
2000: Proposition 21 (Gang Violence and Juvenile Crime Prevention Act) passes with a 62% majority in California. It increases and expands penalties for youth. Among other things, juveniles are tried as adults, and three minors together can be classified as a gang. It is funded in large part by major corporations that seemingly have no direct stake in juvenile crime.
Reimagining and Self-Determination: