Teach students about the Chinese Exclusions Act, an immigration law passed in 1882, and its lasting impact on attitudes toward citizenship and national identity in the United States today.
In 1790, before the adoption of the First Amendment to the Constitution, President George Washington visited Newport, Rhode Island. Moses Seixas, an official of the Hebrew congregation of Newport, was among the representatives of the Newport community invited to welcome the President by reading a letter. This letter expressed hope that the newly formed government would accord respect and tolerance to all of its citizens, regardless of background and religious beliefs. Moved by Seixas’ letter, Washington penned a declarative and assertive reply in which he promised the new government would ensure not just tolerance, but full liberty of conscience to all.
The links on this page are suggested for teachers who would like to gain additional insight on sensitive topics that are relevant to the Reconstruction era. These links are referenced within The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy unit.
The teaching strategies on this page are referenced within The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy unit.
Facing History has produced the video series available on this website to serve as an introduction for learning and teaching about the Reconstruction era of American history. Featuring interviews with scholars of the Reconstruction era, these 7 videos can be used independently but are best watched in sequence as they offer a narrative history of the Reconstruction.
Provide students with context for understanding China’s ongoing persecution of the Uighur Muslims and encourage them to consider the experiences of this religious minority group targeted with discriminatory policies and incarceration.
1899: Representatives of 26 nations met for the International Peace Conference where they drafted the Convention with Respect to the Laws and Customs of War on Land, one of the first formal statements of international laws related to war and war crimes.
We have developed 7 lessons that accompany each of the videos in our series on the Reconstruction era. These lessons provide educators with a framework for introducing the historical background and responding to the questions raised in the central video of the lesson. Educators will find the video within each lesson, along with suggestions for applicable teaching strategies and a curated selection of primary source materials that can be used as handouts in a classroom.
The videos listed on this page are referenced within The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy unit.