Comprehending the impact of enslaving people is both challenging and crucial in understanding America’s history. Through Facing History resources and teaching strategies, this workshop will support educators in exploring this difficult history and its legacies today. Using Illinois Holocaust Museum’s special exhibition “Purchased Lives,” we will look at themes of identity and belonging, investigating the origins of concepts of race, and how flawed assumptions led to justification for inhumane treatment and enslavement of others.
We will consider the choices made by individuals and groups, of perpetrators and upstanders, with an emphasis on both civic engagement and decision-making. We will also consider legacies, as four million formerly enslaved people in the United States grappled with freedom after the Civil War, and the United States sought to practice a more inclusive, interracial democracy.
Through this workshop, you will:
- Learn strategies for establishing respectful and safe learning environments for engaging with sensitive content
- Investigate primary sources and videos that will engage students intellectually and emotionally
- Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical thinking and literacy skills
- Receive Facing History resources, including The Reconstruction Era & The Fragility of Democracy
- Become part of the Facing History Educator Network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and online tools
- Be eligible for 5 ISBE Clock Hours
This workshop is recommended for 7th–12th grade social studies or humanities teachers.