The 1619 Project,inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, reframes US history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as the nation’s foundational date. The Project is a collection of essays and literary works observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. A curriculum created by the Pulitzer Center to complement the series of essays, published by The New York Times for the Project, offers teachers a new way to introduce the history of slavery to their students. Teachers can start by diving into the Reading Guide. The Pulitzer Center also is asking teachers to submit their lessons to be shared with other educators.
For decades, animated children’s stories included negative stereotypes of indigenous people. Now three new cartoons are reaching children with realistic portrayals on the small screen—where they consume most of their media. In the United States and Latin America, Netflix is running the animated film Pachamama. The Cartoon Network series Victor and Valentino features two half brothers in a fictitious Mesoamerican village, exploring myths that come to life.
Just in time for National Constitution Day (September 17), the National Constitution Center has a new initiative for constitutional education and civil dialogue. Through the Center’s Classroom Exchanges program, teachers engage students in dialogue and deepen their constitutional knowledge.
The National WWI Museum and Memorial is dedicated to remembering, interpreting, and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. In addition to interpreting the history of World War I, the Museum and Memorial encourages public involvement and informed decision-making by providing exhibitions and educational programs that engage diverse audiences, as well as collecting and preserving historical materials.