Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849

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    • Andrew Jackson and the "Children of the Forest" (Lesson) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Andrew Jackson and the "Children of the Forest"

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 5 pages.
      A lesson in which students develop critical literacy skills by responding to Andrew Jackson’s speech on “Indian Removal.”

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Native American, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • Bound for the Rio Grande: Traitors—Or Martyrs (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Bound for the Rio Grande: Traitors—Or Martyrs

    • Background Reading (PDF) and Song. Reading by Milton Meltzer and song by David Rovics. 1974. 4 pages and 5 min.
      The story of the San Patricio Battalion, Irish-American soldiers who deserted the U.S. Army during the U.S.-Mexican War and fought on the side of the Mexicans.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Art & Music, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • The Cherokee/Seminole Removal Role Play (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • The Cherokee/Seminole Removal Role Play

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 10 pages.
      Role play on the Cherokee-Seminole removal or Trail of Tears.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom
    • Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom

    • 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.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Slavery | Reading Levels: High School
    • Hunger on Trial: An Activity on the Irish Potato Famine and Its Meaning for Today

    • Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 5 pages.
      Role play in the form of a trial to determine who was responsible for the death of Irish peasants during the potato famine.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Immigration, Social Class, World History/Global Studies | Reading Levels: High School
    • ‘If There Is No Struggle...’: Teaching a People’s History of the Abolition Movement

    • 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.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery | Reading Levels: Adult, Grades 6-8, High School
    • Reading Between the Lines: An Art Contest Helps Students Imagine the Lives of Runaway Slaves (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Reading Between the Lines: An Art Contest Helps Students Imagine the Lives of Runaway Slaves

    • Teaching Activity. By Thom Thacker and Michael A. Lord. 4 pages.
      An art contest is used as the basis from which students can examine primary historical documents (advertisements for runaway slaves) to gain a deeper understanding of the institution of slavery in the North.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, 18th Century, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Reclaiming Hidden History: Students Create a Slavery Walking Tour in Manhattan (Teaching Activity) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Reclaiming Hidden History: Students Create a Slavery Walking Tour in Manhattan

    • Teaching Activity. By Alan J. Singer. 7 pages.
      How a teacher and his students organized a tour of the hidden history of slavery in New York.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, 18th Century, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery | Reading Levels: High School
    • Seneca Falls, 1848: Women Organize for Equality

    • 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.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing, Women's History | Reading Levels: High School
    • U.S. Mexico War: "We Take Nothing by Conquest, Thank God"

    • 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.

    • Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual, Teaching Activities (Free) | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Imperialism, Latino, Slavery, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • The Expansion of Empire

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 15 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 12 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on internal dissent over American expansionist policies.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 19th Century | Themes: Imperialism, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Indian Removal

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 18 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 7 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on the American policy of “Manifest Destiny” and Native American resistance to their own displacement.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 19th Century | Themes: Imperialism, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: High School
    • The Line Between Us (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration

    • Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 2006. 160 pages.
      Lessons for teaching about the history of U.S.–Mexico relations and current border and immigration issues. Published by Rethinking Schools.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century, 20th Century | Themes: Immigration, Latino, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Slavery and Defiance

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 17 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 9 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on black and white resistance to slavery before the Civil War.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery | Reading Levels: High School
    • The War on Mexico

    • Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. 14 pages.
      Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 8 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on The Mexican-American War and domestic resistance to it.

    • Resource Types: Teaching Guides | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements | Reading Levels: High School
    • Francis Scott Key Opposed “Land of the Free” | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • Francis Scott Key Opposed "Land of the Free"

    • Article. By Jefferson Morley.
      “Star-Spangled Banner” songwriter Francis Scott Key opposed abolitionists and free speech in his role as district attorney of the city of Washington.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849 | Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Slavery | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • On the Road to Cultural Bias: A Critique of The Oregon Trail

    • Article for Educators in PDF. By Bill Bigelow. 13 pages.
      Critque of the popular computer game “Oregon Trail.”

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Education, Native American, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Adult
    • The Women Who Gave Us Christmas

    • Article. By William Loren Katz. 2010.
      The abolitionist influence on the history of Christmas celebrations in the United States.

    • Resource Types: Articles | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Slavery, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson's Flight from Slavery

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Winifred Conkling. 2015. 176 pages.
      Young adult biography about Emily Edmonson who was one of 77 who attempted to escape slavery in Washington, D.C.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Organizing, Slavery, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • A People's History of the United States (Book) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
    • A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present

    • Books – Non-fiction. By Howard Zinn. 2005, with a new introduction by Anthony Arnove in 2015. 784 pages.
      Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking work on U.S. history. This book details lives and facts rarely included in textbooks—an indispensable teacher and student resource.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000, 2001 - Present, All US History | Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Economics, Education, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Social Class, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History | Reading Levels: Adult, High School
    • Slave Nation: How Slavery United the Colonies & Sparked the American Revolution

    • Book – Non-fiction. By Alfred Blumrosen and Ruth Blumrosen. 2006. 304 pages.
      A detailed account of the role slavery played in the Revolutionary War and the writing of the U.S. Constitution.

    • Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction | Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764, Revolution & Constitution: 1765 - 1799, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 18th Century, 19th Century | Themes: Economics, Slavery | Reading Levels: Adult
    • The Birchbark House

    • Book – Fiction. By Louise Erdrich. 1999. 244 pages.
      Historical fiction set in the mid-19th century in the Lake Superior area.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Native American | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8
    • The Bobbin Girl

    • Book – Fiction. By Emily Arnold McCully. 1996. 36 pages.
      Historical fiction for upper elementary based on a true story about the Lowell textile workers.

    • Resource Types: Books: Fiction, Picture Books | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Labor, Organizing, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 3-5
    • Chief Tecumseh: "Speech to the Osages"

    • Film clip. Voices of a People’s History.
      Dramatic reading of Chief Tecumseh’s “Speech to the Osages” (Winter 1811-1812) by Deepa Fernandes.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: Environment & Food, Native American | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
    • Maria Stewart: Address Delivered at the African Masonic Hall

    • Film clip. Voices of a People’s History.
      Dramatic reading of Maria Stewart’s “Address Delivered at the African Masonic Hall” (1833) by Alfre Woodard.

    • Resource Types: Films | Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 19th Century | Themes: African American, Women's History | Reading Levels: Grades 6-8, High School
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