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The myths surrounding what happened in Salem make the true story that much more difficult to uncover. Cotton Mather wrote this account in 1693, a year after the trials ended. Mather’s account of the witch trials reinforced colonial New Englanders’ view of themselves as a chosen generation of men.
In this poem, Phillis Wheatley compares the colonies’ relationship with England to a slave’s relationship with a slave holder.
On April 30, 1789, Robert R. Livingston, the chancellor of New York, administered the oath of office to George Washington. Washington and members of Congress then moved to the Senate Chamber, where Washington delivered his inaugural address to a joint session of Congress.
Students will examine African American slave spirituals, a painting, and a personal narrative to analyze the underlying messages of these materials.Materials
The Old Plantation (painting) can be seen at:http://www.history.org/history/teaching/enewsletter/volume3/february05/iotm.cfmThe following materials are available as pdf files:...
In the early 1960s, Mississippi was the poorest state in the nation, with most non-white families living well below the poverty line. Although African Americans made up nearly half of the state's population, few were registered to vote, and there were no African American representatives in the Democratic Party. In 1964, a presidential election year, civil rights organizations decided to focus on four goals in Mississippi: registering African Americans to vote; using the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to challenge...
In 1886, after the arrival of Commodore Perry, the Japanese government lifted its ban on emigration and allowed its citizens to move to other countries. In the years after that, however, the United States made it more difficult for Japanese to immigrate to America. In 1911, the United States Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization declared that only people descended from whites and African Americans could become citizens. The United States Supreme Court upheld this ban in 1922 in the court case Ozawa v. US (for an...
This lesson on the First Inaugural Address of George Washington is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core–based units. These units were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance. Students will demonstrate this knowledge by writing summaries of selections from the original document and, by the end of the unit, articulating their understanding of the complete document by answering questions in an argumentative writing style to fulfill the Common...
This lesson on Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core–based units. These units were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance. Students will demonstrate this knowledge by writing summaries of selections from the original document (and related documents) and, by the end of the unit, articulating their understanding of the complete document by answering questions in an argumentative writing style to...