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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.

Subject:
History
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
National Park Service
Date Added:
03/04/2023
1990 Festival of American Folklife
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The sections of articles about the U.S. Virgin Islands and Senegal have statements from two sets of authors. One article in each section is a general, inclusive statement written by a member of our curatorial staff.
Employing a point of view generally defined by Smithsonian imperatives for "the increase and diffusion of knowledge," the author engages in the characteristic practices of the Festival. These include: identifying and valorizing traditional cultural practices; explaining them primarily in historical, economic, and social terms; replying to popular stereotypes and supplanting them with empirically derived characterizations; representing geographically and historically bounded cultural wholes.
The other statements are written by authors from the geographic areas featured- the U.S. Virgin Islands and Senegal. These articles are more richly detailed. They address a variety of audiences, reply to a variety of implicit and explicit assertions, and are couched in a variety of styles. They have, of course, been solicited, selected, and edited - processes which are ineluctably based in our Institutional practice. We hope that in spite of this practice, and also in some degree because of it, these short critical pieces do incorporate a variety of voices speaking on noteworthy aspects of folklife.
In this sense, the organization of this year's Program Book represents the practice of the Festival as a whole.
The dialogue of viewpoints, understandings and of cultural styles strengthens the discourse of our national cultural Institution.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Career and Technical Education
Environmental Studies
Literature
Social Science
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Author:
National Park
Smithsonian Institute
Date Added:
09/28/2021
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. 

Subject:
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
CRISTINA SENOSA
Date Added:
03/12/2023
CSPAN: U.S. Territorial Issues Feb 10, 1993
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Several professors, government officials and political party members spoke in a forum on political and social issues affecting U.S. territories, which focused mainly on the relationship between the U.S. federal government and the governments of the territories. Following the speakers' prepared remarks, the panelists responded to questions from members of the audience.

Subject:
Caribbean History
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Case Study
Lecture
Author:
CSPAN
Date Added:
08/12/2021
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
The Colonial Archives of the United States Virgin Islands on JSTOR
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This article examines the relationship between custody, access, and provenance through a case study of the records of a former Danish colony, the United States Virgin Islands. In 1917, when the United States purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark, Danish archivists removed the majority of records created there during colonial rule and deposited them in the Danish National Archives. Following its establishment in the 1930s, the National Archives of the United States sent an archivist to the Virgin Islands to claim most of the remaining records and ship them to Washington. The native population of the Virgin Islands, primarily former colonials whose ancestors were brought from Africa as slaves, were left without access to the written sources that comprised their history. While all three parties have claims to custody of the records, the claim of the people of the Virgin Islands relies on an expanded definition of provenance that includes territoriality or locale, as well as on a custodial responsiblity for access. The competing custodial claims suggest a dissonance between legal custody, physical custody, and archival principles that may be resolvable through post- custodial management practices.

Subject:
Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Education
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Reading
Author:
Jeannette Allis Bastian
Date Added:
08/13/2021
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...

Subject:
Archaeology
History
Social Science
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery
Date Added:
08/10/2021
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
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
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.

Subject:
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
CRISTINA SENOSA
Date Added:
03/11/2023
International Day of Monuments and Sites
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International Day for Monuments discussion with Former Senator Myron Jackson about the bust of King Christian the IX being removed from the Emancipation Gardens public space as a result of public outcry.

The measure appropriates $20,000 from the St. Thomas Capital Improvement Fund to cover the cost of removing and replacing the sculpture. Additionally, the program promotes new discourses, alternative and nuanced approaches to established historical narratives, and promotes inclusive and diverse points of view.

Subject:
Anthropology
Arts and Humanities
Caribbean History
Civics
Cultural Geography
Education
English Language Arts
History
Political Science
Social Emotional Learning
Social Science
Speaking and Listening
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Unit of Study
Author:
Division of Virgin Islands Cultural Education
Date Added:
08/11/2021
Lesson
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This is a video entitled United States Buys the Virgin Islands. It is a recording of the transfer documents being signed in 1917.

Subject:
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Unit of Study
Author:
Mario L. Turnbull
Date Added:
09/30/2021
Lesson Plan Ideas for 1848
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This lesson plan was developed by English Teacher Regina Keels in collaboration with local poet, historian, and writer Richard Schrader.  In this lesson, students will learn about the 1848 Slave Rebellion that led to the emancipation of enslaved Afticans in the Danish West Indies and write and present their own expression of the events. 

Subject:
English Language Arts
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Regina Keels
Date Added:
06/30/2023
Melvin Herbert Evans is the Virgin Islands' first elected Governor
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Melvin Herbert Evans is the Virgin Islands' first elected governor. Evans graduated from Howard University with a B.S. in 1940 and from the Howard College of Medicine with an M.D. four years later, following graduation from high school on St. Thomas. He then worked in a variety of medical and public health positions for the United States and the Virgin Islands.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Virgin Islands Culture
Virgin Islands History
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Student Guide
Author:
Stephanie Chalana Brown
Date Added:
08/09/2021
OUR-STORIES-A teaching material about Danish colonialism in the West Indies.pdf
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OUR STORIES is a teaching resource about Danish colonialism in the West Indies written with support from the Ministry of Culture Denmark. The Preface to this teaching resource states as follows:

"On March 31st, 2017, the large atrium inside Copenhagen City Hall was resonating with voices. Around the atrium were numerous different exhibits with text, photos and other forms of creative expression, all made by high school students. They had all participated in a contest to create the best presentation of Danish-Caribbean colonial history with the theme of “Pictures from the Past for the Future”. Around the city hall itself, debates, workshops, film screenings and concerts dealing with the U.S. Virgin Islands and Danish colonial history were taking place. The event was happening because on that day, March 31st, 2017, it had been 100 years since the sale of the islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John to the United States by the Danish government. The event was attended by high school students from the U.S. Virgin Islands and by the Danish high school students who had created the exhibits in the atrium. All of them having explored the same stories, their discussions and exhibits became part of a conversation about the way history is experienced and remembered, how it is used and told. These questions will also be our point of departure when working with the present teaching material."

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Ministry of Culture Denmark
Museum Vestsjælland: Kasper Nygaard Jensen and Ida Maria R. Skielboe
Date Added:
03/27/2023