Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849

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The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration

Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 2006. 160 pages. Rethinking Schools. Lessons for teaching about the history of U.S.–Mexico relations and current border and immigration issues.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 20th Century
Themes: Immigration, Latinx, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Poetry of Defiance: How the Enslaved Resisted

Teaching Activity. By Adam Sanchez. Through a mixer activity, students encounter how enslaved people resisted the brutal exploitation of slavery. The lesson culminates in a collective class poem highlighting the defiance of the enslaved.
Time Periods: Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: African American, Language Arts, Slavery and Resistance
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March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

Challenging myths about the Irish Potato Famine.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Environment, Immigration, Social Class, World History/Global Studies
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April 26, 1937: The Bombing of Guernica

During the Spanish Civil War, the Nazis tested their new air force on the Basque town of Guernica in northern Spain.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Art & Music, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies
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April 15, 1848: The Escape on the Pearl Schooner

Seventy-seven enslaved people attempted to flee Washington, D.C. by sailing away on a schooner called the Pearl.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Slavery and Resistance
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Feb. 2, 1848: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo 

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, ending the U.S. Mexico War and extending the boundaries of the United States west to the Pacific Ocean.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Imperialism, Latinx, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Jan. 27, 1847: Crosswhites Escaped to Canada

Several hundred citizens of Marshall, Michigan, helped Adam and Sarah Crosswhite escape slavery and kidnapping and flee to Canada.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: African American, Slavery and Resistance
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Dec. 25, 1837: Seminole Anticolonial Struggle

Africans and Native Americans formed Florida’s Seminole Nation and defeated a heavily armed U.S. invading army.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: African American, Native American, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Nov. 21, 1842: George Latimer Freed In Boston

A Boston judge stopped the extradition of George Latimer, who had escaped enslavement in Virginia, and allowed him to raise funds for his own manumission.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights, Slavery and Resistance
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July 2, 1839: The Amistad Mutiny

Africans on the Cuban schooner Amistad rose up against their captors, seizing control of the ship, which had been transporting them to chattel slavery.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: African American, Criminal Justice & Incarceration, Slavery and Resistance
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April 25, 1846: U.S. Mexico War Begins

Today’s border with Mexico is the product of invasion and war. Grasping some of the motives for that war and some of its immediate effects begins to provide students the kind of historical context that is crucial for thinking about the line that separates the United States and Mexico.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Latinx, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Nov. 7, 1841: The Creole Mutiny

Madison Washington and eighteen other enslaved people rebelled onboard the Creole, a ship involved in the U.S. slave trade.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Slavery and Resistance
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