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The 1733 Slave Insurrection
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The National Park Service provides an account of the 1733 Slave Insurrection, the first instance in which enslaved people took control of a colony. The insurrection served as a spark to later slave revolts that would take place. They took fate into their own hands as they rose against their oppressors. The insurrection marks a significant historical event for Virgin Islanders who continue to recognize the men and women who risked their lives for freedom.

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History
Virgin Islands History
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National Park Service
Date Added:
03/04/2023
1848 Our Emancipation Story
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Our Emancipation Story is a retelling of the events of 1848 on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands which led to the emancipation of the enslaved in the former Danish West Indies. The events are told through four poems by local poet Richard Schrader. The purpose of the project is to integrate local writers into art, history, and literature in our Virgin Islands classrooms. It endeavors to build a VI literary canon and to encourage student wrietrs to add to the writers that came before them. The script was written by Regina Keels and filmed and produced by Douglas Canton.

Subject:
History
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Regina Keels
Date Added:
06/09/2023
2024 Virgin Islands History Month - Digital Storytelling and Oral History Project/Challenge
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The Digital Storytelling and Oral History Project is a student-centered initiative designed to connect young learners with the heritage stories of their community's past through the art of storytelling and the practice of oral history collection. This project encourages students to become active participants in the preservation of their cultural heritage by engaging with elders, community leaders, and family members to document stories, legends, personal histories, and the lived experiences of their community. 

Subject:
Caribbean History
Education
Social Science
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
02/14/2024
AFRICAN SLAVERY
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This teacher-made  PowerPoint presentation can be used by the Virgin Islands History teachers to teach the topic: AFRICAN SLAVERY. 

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Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
CRISTINA SENOSA
Date Added:
03/12/2023
Archaeology Talk: Uncovering Afro-Crucian Heritage
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Archaeological research at a historic plantation site in the US Virgin Islands is revealing important insights about the lives of enslaved—and later free—Afro-Crucian people on the island of St. Croix. Join Ayana Omilade Flewellen, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, and co-founder of the Society of Black Archaeologists, for a discussion of the research at St. Croix's Estate Little Princess, as well as the training opportunities it's providing to local youths and students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

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Archaeology
History
Social Science
Virgin Islands History
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Activity/Lab
Author:
Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Date Added:
08/10/2021
The Charlotte Amalie Saladoid Excavation Documentary
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More than 2,000 years ago there was likely a thriving Taino community in the heart of Charlotte Amalie. In 2013 contractors began turning up shards of pottery and other artifacts during otherwise routine roadwork on Main Street near Market Square. Work was temporarily halted and archeologists were called in to help dig up what was described as a “major” find. Thousands of artifacts were eventually discovered in a relatively small area. A short documentary was later produced about the dig and the many interesting objects found on site. - - US Virgin Islands DPNR and the State Office of Historic Preservation

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Caribbean History
English Language Arts
Environmental Science
History
Social Science
Speaking and Listening
Virgin Islands History
World Cultures
World Geography
Material Type:
Lecture
Lesson
Author:
Government House Virgin Islands
Date Added:
08/11/2021
College, Career & Civic Life C3-Framework for Social Studies.pdf
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This resource presents the College, Career & Civic Life referred to as the C3 Framework for Social Studies via the Google Drive. Social Studies teachers can access the framework here as an Adobe Acrobat PDF. The framework has been utilized in the development of the Virgin Islands Standards of Achievement for Social Studies.

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Civics
History
Social Science
U.S. History
Virgin Islands History
World Geography
World History
Material Type:
Module
Author:
National Council for the Social Studies
Date Added:
09/29/2021
DAACS and The Society of Black Archaeologists: Research on St. Croix
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The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS) is a Monticello initiative that collaborates with archaeologists working across North Ameri...

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Archaeology
History
Social Science
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery
Date Added:
08/10/2021
David Hamilton Jackson and All Ahwe Student Project
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"David Hamilton Jackson and All Ahwe: Creative Expression for Cultivating Awareness and Social Change" is a project intended to stimulate our students' exploration of the dynamic relationship between art and community activism utilizing the tools of rights, respect, and responsibility. Through this initiative, students will have the opportunity to craft artistic pieces that capture the essence of David Hamilton Jackson's contributions to labor rights, press freedom, and civil liberties in the Virgin Islands of the United States. These creative works may manifest in various forms, including visual art, written compositions, music, and STEAM projects. 

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
English Language Arts
Graphic Design
History
Social Science
Virgin Islands History
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Syllabus
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
09/28/2023
Denmark and the US Virgin Islands
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The website ‘The West Indian Heritage’ tells its story using the buildings as a framework for understanding the structure, function, and people of the colony who were either forced to risk their lives producing the coveted goods or benefited from the profits on the goods throughout the first 150 years of the colony’s history.

Subject:
Anthropology
Art History
Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
Cultural Geography
History
Social Science
Virgin Islands History
World Cultures
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Author:
West Indian Heritage
Date Added:
08/16/2021
Dr. Ayana Omilade Flewellen of the Society of Black Archeologists
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In this enlightening lecture, Dr. Ayana Omilade Flewellen, a distinguished professor at Stanford University, explores the intersections of black feminism, archaeology, and storytelling. She advocates for the centrality of black women's experiences in historical narratives and discusses the multifaceted role of archaeology in public history and cultural preservation. The talk features her work with the Society of Black Archaeologists and Diving With a Purpose, emphasizing the need for diversity in the field and the significance of underwater archaeology in heritage conservation. Dr. Flewellen also presents the Estate Little Princess project in St. Croix, a groundbreaking initiative combining terrestrial and underwater archaeology to uncover and preserve Afro-Crucian history. The lecture is a compelling call to recognize and engage with the rich, often untold, histories that shape our world, making it a valuable resource for students, educators, and anyone interested in the dynamic fields of archaeology and cultural heritage.

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Archaeology
Caribbean History
Environmental Science
Information Science
Mariculture
Maritime Science
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Lecture
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
01/29/2024
Edward Wilmot Blyden Observance on August
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Edward Wilmot Blyden (3 August 1832 – 7 February 1912) was a Liberian educator, author, diplomat, and politician who worked mostly in Liberia. He also spent five years teaching in Sierra Leone, and his writings had an impact in both countries.Blyden was born on 3 August 1832 in St Thomas, Danish West Indies (now known as the United States Virgin Islands) to Free Black parents from the Igbo tribe of modern-day Nigeria.Blyden edited the Liberia Herald from 1855 to 1856 and penned the editorial "A Voice From Bleeding Africa."He also spent time in other British colonies in West Africa, most notably Nigeria and Sierra Leone, where he wrote for both colonies' early newspapers.Additionally, he worked as an editor at The Negro and The African World. He maintained contacts with the American Colonization Society and contributed articles to their journals, African Depository and Colonial Journal.Blyden served as Liberia's ambassador to the United Kingdom and France as a diplomat. Blyden was named Liberia's Secretary of State as a young man (1862–64). He then served as Minister of the Interior from 1880 until 1882. Blyden is often considered the "founder of Pan-Africanism" as a writer. His magnum opus, Christianity, Islam, and the Negro Race (1887), argued that Islam was a more unifying and meaningful religion for Africans than Christianity.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
08/10/2021
Emancipation in the Virgin Islands: A Lecture by State Historian George  Tyson
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In this comprehensive lecture, Dr. George Tyson, a renowned historian and leading scholar on the history of the Virgin Islands, provides an in-depth analysis of the 1848 Emancipation Revolt in the Virgin Islands. Celebrating the 175th anniversary of this pivotal event, Dr. Tyson's talk is part of Virgin Island's History Month, focusing on the theme "Emancipation Now: Understanding History, Living the Legacy, and Creating a Just Future for All."Dr. Tyson, with his extensive background in teaching and historical preservation, emphasizes the collective action of thousands of enslaved persons achieving emancipation, challenging the traditional narrative that credits the event to a few individuals. He meticulously recounts the events leading up to and following the July 3rd uprising, highlighting the peaceful nature of the revolt compared to other emancipation movements in the Caribbean. The lecture delves into the historical context, including the influence of royal decrees and the spirit of protest among the enslaved population.Dr. Tyson argues for the importance of understanding emancipation as part of a broader democratic movement against royalism and social injustice, linking it to the American, French, and Haitian revolutions. A significant portion of the talk is dedicated to identifying key emancipation sites on St. Croix, advocating for their preservation as educational tools and historical monuments. 

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Arts and Humanities
Caribbean History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
World History
Material Type:
Lecture
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
01/29/2024
Exploring Caribbean Influence in Hip-Hop Music
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1. To introduce students to the Caribbean influence in hip-hop music, focusing on the pioneering group Salt-N-Pepa and the contemporary success of R. City.2. To explore how artists from the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean have contributed to the popularity and expansion of hip-hop music.3. To encourage students to appreciate and celebrate their cultural heritage while embracing diverse narratives in the world of music.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Caribbean History
U.S. History
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
08/02/2023
THE FIRST VIRGIN ISLANDERS
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This teacher-made  PowerPoint presentation can be used by the Virgin Islands History teachers to teach the topic: THE FIRST VIRGIN ISLANDERS during the Pre-Columbus Era.

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Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
CRISTINA SENOSA
Date Added:
03/11/2023
The Fireburn of 1878
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These lesson plans delve deep into the pivotal event of the 1878 Fireburn, a significant labor uprising in the Virgin Islands. Rooted in the struggles for human rights, freedom from serfdom variants, and improved labor conditions, the Fireburn stands as a testament to the resilience and courage of estate laborers like Mary Thomas, Axeline Salomon, Mathilde McBean, and Susanna Abramson. Through a series of interactive activities, multimedia resources, and critical discussions, students will journey through the socio-political landscape of the former Danish West Indies, understanding the factors leading up to the uprising and its profound aftermath. The module aims to not only educate but also instill a sense of pride and recognition of the sacrifices made by those who stood up against oppression, shaping the fabric of our heritage and the equity we cherish today in the Virgin Islands of the United States. 

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Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Education
History
Literature
Philosophy
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Lesson
Primary Source
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
09/29/2023
"Hardships of The Maroons in the Danish West Indies" by Professor Olasee Davis
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This insightful lecture delves into the historical significance of Maroon Country in the Virgin Islands, an area steeped in rich and complex history. Maroon Country, known for its role as a refuge for escaped enslaved Africans, stands as a testament to the resilience and struggle for freedom that marked the era of slavery in the Caribbean. The video examines the geographical, cultural, and historical aspects of Maroon Country, highlighting its importance as a symbol of resistance and liberation. It sheds light on the lives of the Maroons, their survival strategies, and their impact on the socio-political landscape of the Virgin Islands. The narrative intertwines the struggles and triumphs of the Maroons with the broader context of Caribbean history, offering viewers a comprehensive understanding of this pivotal chapter in the Virgin Islands' past. Ideal for students, educators, and history enthusiasts, this video provides a compelling look at a crucial aspect of Caribbean heritage, encouraging a deeper appreciation and understanding of the territory's complex history.

Subject:
Anthropology
Archaeology
Civics
Environmental Science
Mariculture
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Lecture
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
01/29/2024