Educator Resources

Facing History and Ourselves has created a suite of resources for our educator audience that focuses on the letter exchange between George Washington and the Hebrew congregation of Newport, RI. Lesson plans, videos, and much more will help teachers bring a study of the letter exchange and the issues surrounding it into their classrooms.

Lesson Plans

Facing History and Ourselves has written a set of lesson plans aimed at helping educators teach the letters exchanged between George Washington and the Hebrew congregation of Newport.

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Use our collection of videos to help your students reflect on the history, themes, and ideas of the letters by viewing scholar commentaries and a classroom’s discussion on the letters.

View them here.

Key Dates

The letter exchange between George Washington and Moses Seixas was just one landmark event in America's early history that dealt with issues of religious freedom and identity.

Use our timeline of key dates to study these events.

Student Writing

After sharing the letters between George Washington and the Hebrew congregation of Newport, RI with your students, you may want to ask your class to reflect on religion and freedom in America today by writing their own letters.

See examples of letters written by Facing History students.

Additional Resources

For more information about George Washington and the Newport letters, religion in American history, and issues of faith and identity, check out these additional resources from Facing History and Ourselves and from other organizations.

Historical Backgrounds

Puritans and Anglicans, Baptists and Quakers, Catholics and Jews, Native Americans and slaves, rationalists and revivalists: long before 1776, American settlers struggled to deal with religious difference. Learn some of the common experiences around religion in colonial culture that shaped the United States' balance among national law, local practice, and individual freedom of belief.

Learn about Religion in Colonial America

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