While pulling together the Thinkfinity collection of Emancipation Proclamation resources for the January feature, Celebrate the 150th Anniversary!, I learned so much about this interesting period of our history. Please share these resources with your students.
Don't miss A'Lelia Bundles' blog, The specified item was not found.. You and your students will undoubtedly be hearing more in the news about the National Archive's limited showing of the original Emancipation Proclamation document.
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EDSITEment has a suite of lessons on the leadership of President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
How did Lincoln understand the principles of the Declaration of Independence as the goal of the American union, secured by the U.S. Constitution?
How did Lincoln defend the American union from states seeking to leave or "secede" from the Union?
How did Lincoln seek to restore the American union as the Civil War drew to a close?
Prof Eric Foner of Columbia University has an op ed in the New York Times today, entitled "The Emancipation of Abe Lincoln". This is a thought provoking piece which teachers are tweeting about this morning. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/opinion/the-emancipation-of-abe-lincoln.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0
On September 17th, 2012, National Constitution Day, the NEH hosted a panel of renowned Civil War scholars at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for a discussion about emancipation. They were joined by a live audience of 250 students from Washington, D.C. area colleges and universities. With support from the Smithsonian, this performance was live-streamed to classrooms and gatherings nationwide called “watch parties”. The conversation, available here featured University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers moderating historians Eric Foner (Columbia University), Thavolia Glymph (Duke University), Gary Gallagher (University of Virginia) and Christy Coleman (American Civil War Center). The historians recreated the national scene and the dilemmas facing Americans on Sept. 22, 1862 without drawing on their knowledge of what would unfold over the next few months and years. Perspectives from the White House, enslaved people from the South, military personnel, Frederick Douglass, Northern free blacks, and their allies were highlighted in this presentation.
This conversation encourages the students to put greater consideration on the immediate and long term implications of emancipation as it relates to the U.S. Constitution.
The History Explorer team is also glad to answer questions as we are able! Community members may be interested in our new online exhibition Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963, a partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture (for those visiting Washington, the exhibition at the Museum will be open through August of this year). The online exhibition is still in development, but has a lot of great content on the Proclamation. Included on the site is information on our National Youth Summit on Abolition, a free webcast on February 11, which will invite high school students to discuss 19th century abolition and the lessons we can learn for ending modern-day slavery.
National Museum of American History
Absolutely! Smithsonian is another Content Partner ready, willing, and able to reply to questions your students may have. Who better than the Smithsonian curators to answer a class' question on "bricks of tea" and rather they were the form tea was dumped during the Boston Tea Party.
But really, every educator and their class as access to our Content Partners and their expertise. Thank you Naomi for weighing in with these excellent resources.
I admit these resources are not 100% on target for your discussion of the Emancipation Proclamation, but last year I gathered some resources for Celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday. There's a full range of material there, from strictly biographical to historical events (like Juneteenth). Perhaps you will find some resources there to supplement your exploration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Greetings; The Afro-American social structure is at the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality:
The year 2013 marks two important anniversaries in the history of African Americans and the United States. On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation set the United States on the path of ending slavery. A wartime measure issued by President Abraham Lincoln, the proclamation freed relatively few slaves, but it fueled the fire of the enslaved to strike for their freedom. In many respects, Lincoln's declaration simply acknowledged the epidemic of black self-emancipation spread by black freedom crusaders like Harriet Tubman - that already had commenced beyond his control. Those in bondage increasingly streamed into the caps of the Union Army, reclaiming and asserting self-determination. The result, abolitionist Fredrick Douglass predicted.
Source: the Association for the Study of African American Life and History at www.asalh.org