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North American Slave Narratives

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As stated in the DocSouth Collections, "North American Slave Narratives" collects books and articles that document the individual and collective story of Black people struggling for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. This collection includes all the existing autobiographical narratives of self-emancipated and formerly enslaved people published as broadsides, pamphlets, or books in English up to 1920. Also included are many of the biographies of self-emancipated and formerly enslaved people and some significant fictionalized first-person accounts of enslavement published in English before 1920.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Lecture, Primary Source, Reading

Author: DocSouth Collections

VI History Month/Virgin Islands History Month Celebration

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“Every year in March, we honor our Virgin Islands' exceptional history and culture, as well as the achievements and contributions of its people. As Virgin Islanders, it is critical that we honor our forefathers' fortitude and continue to build on their great successes.This PowerPoint slide has hyperlinks for teachers to use in celebrating the significant celebration for virgin islands History Month.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment


Unit Plan: Understanding Socio-political needs and changes in the U.S. Virgin Islands

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This 11-12th grade unit plan was designed for the 9th Annual Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair, April 2023.  English Teacher Regina Keels, a member of the festival committee, developed the unit, executed the lessons as indicated, and demonstrated the Socratic Seminar with colleague Cynthia Santos along with their students during the festival.  The unit can be be amended for other Virgin Islands political leaders and their speeches or for the speeches of political leaders globally.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Author: Regina Keels

Hispanic Heritage and History in the United States

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Since 1988, the U.S. Government has set aside the period from September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month to honor the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made and continue to make to the United States of America. Our Teacher's Guide brings together resources created during NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes, lesson plans for K-12 classrooms, and think pieces on events and experiences across Hispanic history and heritage.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

World War I: Homefront

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World War I led to many changes at home for the United States. As international migration slowed considerably, the availability of wartime factory jobs led half a million African Americans to leave the South and move to northern and western cities for work. But the US government also stifled dissent during World War I with restrictions on freedom of speech and antiwar protest.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Sal Khan

Treaty of Versailles and the End of World War I

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On June 28, 1919, Germany and the Allied Powers signed the Treaty of Versailles in the Hall of Mirrors at the famous Palace of Versailles, officially ending World War I. World War I, or the Great War, lasted from 1914 to 1918, and claimed the lives of nearly ten million soldiers and approximately thirteen million civilians. Germany and its allies in the Central Powers had lost the war, so representatives of the victorious Allied Powers including the United States, France, and Britain negotiated the terms of the treaty. President Woodrow Wilson and his allies wanted the treaty to provide a lasting peace following Wilson’s Fourteen Points speech delivered on January 8, 1918. European powers sought peace but also wanted to punish Germany, who they blamed for causing the war. Germans also expected that the Fourteen Points would be the basis for the peace talks when they signed the armistice in November 1918. When the Allied Powers met in Paris to discuss the world after the war, however, a much more punitive plan emerged.

Material Type: Primary Source

Author: Albert Robertson