Teaching Enslavement in American History

Lesson Plans and Primary Sources

by Chara Bohan (Author) H. Robert Baker (Author) Lagarrett King (Author)
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Teaching Enslavement in American History provides classroom teachers with the resources necessary to navigate one of the most difficult topics in any history course. This volume is the product of a collaboration between three university professors and a team of experienced middle and high school teachers. Its nine chapters include the context for topics like the middle passage, the Constitution’s position on enslavement, African cultural retention, and resistance to enslavement. The resources include 18 lesson plans and dozens of short primary and secondary sources modeled on document-based questions and the inquiry design model.
Real teaching requires courage, a deep understanding of the complexity of the subject matter, and skillful use of primary sources. Rather than teaching students what to think, Teaching Enslavement in American History pushes students to learn how to think: empirical argumentation, source evaluation, understanding of change-over-time, and analysis of historical context. The lessons in this book ask students to read, analyze, and contextualize a variety of primary sources, to identify the limitations of these sources and to articulate historical contradiction where it occurs. At the heart of this book is the belief that historical consciousness leads to societal change. Teaching about enslavement is not merely about teaching a curriculum, it is about molding citizens who will lead our democracy in its journey to become a more perfect union.


ISBN (Hardcover)
slavery teaching United States history Civil War race lesson plans primary sources Chara Bohan H. Robert Baker LaGarrett J. King Wade Morris Teaching Enslavement in American History
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 20xx. xxx pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Chara Bohan (Author) H. Robert Baker (Author) Lagarrett King (Author)

Chara Haeussler Bohan is an education professor at Georgia State University, where she specializes in educational history, curriculum, race, and gender. She has published more than 90 articles and books and has most recently focused on the perpetuation of Lost Cause mythology in southern schools. H. Robert Baker, Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University, specializes in the relationship between slavery and American legal and constitutional history. His current research explores the influence of historical consciousness on constitutional thinking, as well as the nature of constitutional change over time. LaGarrett J. King is Associate Professor of Social Studies Education at the University of Missouri. His primary research interest examines how Black history is interpreted and taught in schools and society. He also researches critical theories of race, teacher education, and curriculum history. Wade Morris taught high school history for fifteen years in Virginia, Georgia, and Beirut, Lebanon. He currently serves as a Dean’s Fellow at Georgia State University’s College of Education and Human Development, where he researches the 19th century roots of American education.


Title: Teaching Enslavement in American History