Teaching Hard History Text Library

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Welcome to the Teaching Hard History Text Library. This collection includes more than 100 primary sources selected to support robust teaching and learning about the Key Concepts and Summary Objectives found in A Framework for Teaching American Slavery. The texts are also mapped to the four domains of the Social Justice Standards. Each includes a set of text-dependent questions.

Text Type
Grade Level
Social Justice Domain
Subject

155 Texts

Visual

Elders

These images were published in a pro-slavery book in 1915. The author published images of formerly enslaved people who continued to live with their enslavers after the Civil War to argue that they were loyal to their enslavers.
by
Various
Grade Level
Topic
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
February 26, 2020
Literature

Lost Friends

A young boy travels with his grandmother to place a “Lost Friends” ad searching for his uncle who was sold by his enslaver and separated from his family before the Civil War.
by
Jarah Botello
Grade Level
3-5
Topic
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
February 19, 2020
Informational

Frederick Douglass

This biography tells the story of Frederick Douglass’ escape from slavery and how he became one of the most important voices of his time and ours.
by
Barbara Spindel
Grade Level
3-5
Topic
Subject
History
Social Justice Domain
February 19, 2020
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