University of Richmond’s Visualizing Emancipation aggregates and visualizes various information related to slavery during the American Civil War: its legality according to the US government, movements of US Army regiments, and documentation of the institution’s destruction. Learners can view maps based on particular options, such as Union Army Location, or filter by a source (for example, personal papers) or event (African Americans helping the Union). Visualizing Emancipation is well suited to high school instruction. In addition to the events, which play out like a movie, educators can use lesson plans keyed to the Common Core State Standards.
Plus: Developed by a faculty member at George Mason University, TheSpread of U.S. Slavery complements Visualizing Emancipation. Whereas one shows the systematic elimination of slavery during the war, the other underscores its steady growth between 1790–1860. The Spread of U.S. Slavery’s intuitive interface lets learners adjust the timeframe and toggle between views of census data (for example, the enslaved and free populations) to visualize slavery’s prevalence. A special feature lets learners cursor over particular counties for granular census data. The tool can help educators dispel the myth that slavery was ebbing before the outbreak of the American Civil War.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in October.
“Liberty,” a new exhibit in the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, seeks to tell a more inclusive story of the American Revolution by introducing visitors to people critical to building the nation—yet whose names they’ve likely never heard.
Throughout November, the United States celebrates Native American Heritage Month. These resources from the US government and other organizations help preserve the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and traditions of America’s Native peoples.