Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom

Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom
By | January 1, 2012

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 7 pages.
A lesson to introduce students to the numerous and varied ways African Americans resisted their enslavement, using the autobiographical Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.

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‘If There Is No Struggle…’: Teaching a People’s History of the Abolition Movement
By | January 1, 2012

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 16 pages.
In this role play, students become members of the American Anti-Slavery Society, facing many of the real challenges to ending slavery.

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Seneca Falls, 1848: Women Organize for Equality
By | January 1, 2012

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 17 pages.
A role play allows students to examine issues of race and class when exploring both the accomplishments and limitations of the Seneca Falls Convention.

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U.S. Mexico War: “We Take Nothing by Conquest, Thank God”
By | February 8, 2009

Teaching Activity. Lesson by Bill Bigelow and student reading by Howard Zinn. 21 pages.
Interactive activity introduces students to the history and often untold story of the U.S.-Mexico War. Roles available in Spanish.

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Who Freed the Slaves? (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Who Freed the Slaves?
By | October 28, 2009

Student Handout. By Bill Bigelow. 3 pages.
This timeline can be used as a resource for lessons on the Civil War, President Lincoln, the 54th Regiment, and the end of slavery.

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Growing Up in Slavery: Stories of Young Slaves as Told by Themselves
By | September 29, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Yuval Taylor. 2005. 230 pages.
Ten individuals tell stories of their childhood and teenage years in slavery.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave Written by Himself: A New Critical Edition by Angela Y. Davis
By | June 9, 2006

Book – Non-fiction. By Frederick Douglass and essays by Angela Davis. 2009. 254 pages.
The classic biography of Frederick Douglass with an introduction and critical analysis by Angela Davis.

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Frederick Douglass: “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”
By | June 13, 2011

Film clip. Voices of a People’s History.
Frederick Douglass’ speech “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” (1852) is read by Danny Glover.

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The North Star: “The War with Mexico”
By | July 2, 2011

Film clip. Voices of a People’s History.
Dramatic reading from The North Star‘s editorial, “The War with Mexico” (1848) by Benjamin Bratt.

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