Teaching Resources

Slavery and Anti-Slavery

Over the past fifteen years, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has worked closely with master educators across the country. Many of them have developed unique lesson plans and activities related to this historical era. These resources are included here along with pedagogical videos and other general teaching tools that can be adapted for a variety of time periods and themes in American history.

A Look at Slavery through Posters and Broadsides

Curriculum Subjects: Art Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

Abraham Lincoln on Slavery and Race

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Examining the Middle Passage

Curriculum Subjects: Geography, World History Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Militancy and the Abolitionist Movement

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Slavery

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics, Religion and Philosophy Grade Levels:

Slavery in a Capitalist World

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, World History Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Slaves and Slaveholdings

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

The Autobiography of Frederick Douglass

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Was slavery the engine of American economic growth?

Curriculum Subjects: Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

What were the origins of slavery?

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Who Was John Brown?

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

Woman Abolitionists

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12