February is African American History Month
In celebration, the National Archives has teamed up with other federal agencies and cultural institutions to provide digital content, including resources for teachers.
Along with the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, we pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society on www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov. The site includes teaching resources, exhibits and collections, images, audio and video, and a list of upcoming events.
Specifically for teachers, we share several online learning activities from our DocsTeach site:
- Twelve Years a Slave
- U.S. v. Amistad: A Case of Jurisdiction
- Oh Freedom! Sought Under the Fugitive Slave Act
- From Dred Scott to the Civil Rights Act of 1875: Eighteen Years of Change
- Black Soldiers in the Civil War
- Comparing Civil War Recruitment Posters
- Letter to President Abraham Lincoln from Annie Davis
- How Effective were the Efforts of the Freedmen’s Bureau?
- Confronting Work Place Discrimination on the World War II Home Front
- Integration of the U.S. Armed Forces
- A Call to Action: Responses to Civil Rights
- A Famous Person and Event are Revealed
- Mrs. Jackson’s Letter
- The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- We Shall Overcome
Many related primary sources can be found on DocsTeach as well.
The National Archives also highlights:
- A free eBook, The Meaning and Making of Emancipation, that illustrates the conception and significance of the Emancipation Proclamation through documents in the holdings of the National Archives, available for iPad, iPhone, Android, eReaders, and online
- A photographic map-based tour of The March on Washington on Historypin
- Our new Records of Rights exhibit for exploring records documenting the ongoing struggle of Americans to define, attain, and protect their rights
- Our African American History Month set on Flickr
Our partner organizations share valuable resources too, like Legends of Tuskegee from the National Park Service and Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project from the Library of Congress.
You can find these resources and more at www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov.