Period: 1865

Reconstruction Period: 1865 – 1876

Juneteenth: Teaching Outside the Textbook

Juneteenth — June 19th, also known as Emancipation Day — is one of the commemorations of people seizing their freedom from slavery in the United States. Yet, if the right wing has its way, it will be illegal to teach students about Juneteenth.
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Echoes of Enslavement

Teaching Activity. By Ursula Wolfe-Rocca. Students discover “echoes of enslavement” in their own state — discrete sites of remembering, forgetting, honoring, lying, or distorting — in this lesson based on the book How the Word Is Passed by Clint Smith.
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Seizing Freedom Podcast

Podcast. Written and hosted by Kidada E. Williams. 2021. A Black history podcast tells stories "drawn from archives of voices from American history that have been muted time and time again."
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Biddy Mason Speaks Up

Book — Non-fiction. By Arisa White and Laura Atkins. 2019. 112 pages. An illustrated children's book tells the story of real-life champion for civil rights Bridget "Biddy" Mason.
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When Black Lives Mattered: Why Teach Reconstruction

By Adam Sanchez
Every day seems to bring new horrors as the U.S. president’s racist rhetoric and policies have provided an increasingly encouraging environment for attacks on Black people and other communities of color. The acquittal of yet another police officer accused of murdering a Black man in St. Louis, the raging battle across the country over whether symbols of slavery should be removed from public spaces, and the formation of a “Commission on Election Integrity” to further suppress voting by people of color are just a few of the recent reminders that racism is as American as apple pie. In moments like these, it’s worth remembering a time in U.S. history when Black lives mattered.
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Carter Reads the Newspaper

Picture book – Non-fiction. By Deborah Hopkinson. Illustrated by Don Tate. 2019. 36 pages. This picture book chronicles the young life of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an Appalachian-born Harvard scholar and advocate for African American history. He founded Negro History Week in 1926 (which grew into Black History Month), the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), and the Journal of Negro History.
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Ellen’s Broom

Picture book. By Kelly Starling Lyons. 32 pages. 2012. Story about a young girl during Reconstruction whose parents are finally able to have a legal marriage while honoring a family wedding tradition.
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