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General Resources for Teaching African American History by Library of Congress

Course, Subject

Social Studies, United States History and Government, Social Studies, Social Studies (NYS K-12 Framework Common Core)

Grade Levels

11th Grade


African American World
A PBS guide to African American history and culture that covers arts & culture, race & society, among other things. Includes a timeline of events in black history beginning with slavery, then moving on to democracy-building and the civil rights movement. The site also features a page for kids and lesson plans for teaching various aspects of African American history including slavery, migrations, art, literature, music, civil rights, race relations and more. Click here to visit the teacher's shop with over 73 items on VHS and DVD relating to African American history.

African American History & Studies
Topics include slavery, civil war, civil rights, historic men & women, jazz, and museums. Includes teaching resources and a digital library.

African American Mosaic Exhibition
The mosaic covers almost five centuries of "the black experience in the Western hemisphere." The exhibit is divided into four areas: colonization, abolition, migration and the WPA. It is a sample of the types of materials and themes covered in the Library of Congress's collections.

African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship
This exhibit and presentation showcases the African American collection of the Library of Congress. The exhibit contains over 240 items including government documents, manuscripts, plays, maps and more. The presentation "explores black America's quest for equality from the early national period through the twentieth century." Sections include slavery, free blacks, abolition, the civil war, desegregation, reconstruction, Booker T. Washington, civil rights and more.

AFRO-American Almanac
On-line presentation of the cultural evolution of a nation from the slave trade to the civil rights movement. Includes biographies, details of historical events, trivia, folktales, and current events.

A to Z Teacher Stuff
Provides curricula for students in elementary to junior high on themes ranging from the civil rights movement and African American leaders, to technology and the African American inventor, and African fairy tales.

Documenting the American South
A collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period to the first decades of the 20th century sponsored by the Academic Affairs Library at UNC-Chapel Hill. The collection is organized into the following projects: First-Person Narratives of the American South, Library of Southern Literature, North American Slave Narratives, The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865, The Church and the Southern Black Community, The North Carolina Experience Beginnings to 1940, and North Carolinians and the Great War.

History Channel
Contains black history video clips featuring interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhhamed Ali, Jesse Jackson, Maya Angelou and more. Also provides links to A&E biographies on African Americans from Ralphe Bunche and Hank Aaron, to Spike Lee and Toni Morrison.

National Visionary Leadership Project
This project is designed to unite generations of African American to "tell, preserve, and disseminate worldwide, the first-person stories of their past, while creating a strong educational foundation for the young vibrant leaders of the future." This site includes a series of interviews with activists, authors, educators and politicians including Maya Angelou, Lee Archer, Ossie Davis, Dick Gregory, Percy Sutton, John "Buck" O'Neill, Amelia Boynton Robinson, Oliver Hill and more.

Southern Cultures
Journal "published quarterly by UNC's Center for the Study of the American South, Southern Cultures assembles a rich forum of animated, voices discussing all aspects of southern life."

Teaching for Change
Teaching for Change is a non-profit organization began in 1986, and today "provides teachers and parents with the tools to transform schools into socially equitable centers of learning where students become architects of a better future." This DC-based organization offers workshops and, and has an online catalog for books, videos and posters for the classroom.

Teaching Diversity: People of Color
Essay series from the AHA’s Committee on Minority Historians.

Teaching with Documents: Lesson Plans
Contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the National Archives of the United States, relevant teaching and cross-curricular activities. Sections include: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s), Expansion and Reform (1801-1861), Civil War and Reconstruction (1850-1877), The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900), The Emergence of Modern America (1890-1930), The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945), Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s), and Contemporary United States (1968 to present).


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