Learn effective strategies to share with your students so that during the summer they can better listen, empathize and engage in the world around them.
Facing History and Ourselves has curated a collection of readings, written by staff members and scholars, that touch on the echoes of the letter exchange between George Washington and the Hebrew congregation of Newport. These readings address issues of religion, difference, and identity, and suggest that reflecting on these issues is just as important today as it was in 1790.
The letter exchange between George Washington and the Hebrew congregation of Newport was not the only landmark event in the early history of America that dealt with issues of religious freedom and identity. Seixas’ letter and Washington’s subsequent response exist within a timeline of many other events during which the newly formed country faced those issues. Continue reading below for information about some of those events.
Listen to music recordings and narration paired with The Children of Willesden Lane book and accompanying teacher's guide.
Watch to examine the way the Reconstruction Era is remembered and the impact of its various legacies in contemporary society.
View images from photographer Sara Terry detailing the aftermath of the 1992–1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.