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New DocsTeach Activity: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

In this new activity on DocsTeach.org—our online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives—students will read, analyze, and summarize Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We suggest teaching … Continue reading

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Join Us for a Primarily Teaching Summer Workshop

We are now accepting applications for Primarily Teaching—our summer institute for educators on using historical documents in the classroom. Learn more and apply online. Summer 2014 workshops will be conducted at: The National Archives at Chicago, June 23–27 The National Archives in … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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New Teaching Activity: From Dred Scott to the Civil Rights Act of 1875

Students will learn how rights for African-Americans changed quickly from the Dred Scott decision to the Civil Rights Act of 1875 by examining primary sources and explaining the relationships between them. Continue reading

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Civil Rights Today Essay Contest for Texas 12th Graders

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation invites students to explore the enduring issue of civil rights as it impacts them or those around them in the 2014 “Civil Rights Today” Essay Contest. The contest is open to 12th-grade Texas students. Essays must be submitted … Continue reading

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Black Soldiers in the Civil War: A New DocsTeach Activity

In this activity, students can analyze a Government poster used to recruit recently freed slaves to fight for the Union Army during the Civil War. The poster refers to the Emancipation Proclamation and President Lincoln’s General Order 233, to provide equal pay … Continue reading

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The Equal Rights Amendment: The Most Popular Never-Ratified Amendment

Documents from the records of Congress help students understand why the Equal Rights Amendment wasn’t ratified, even with its considerable support. Continue reading

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Remembering JFK

Find resources about John F. Kennedy, his administration, and his assassination from the National Archives. Continue reading

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Kidnapping of Free People of Color

Abolitionist Elisha Tyson wrote to Congress with details on several kidnapping cases of free African Americans in the North who were sold into slavery under the guise of the 1793 Fugitive Slave Act. Tyson argued that federal legislation was necessary to address the problem. Continue reading

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The Documents Behind Twelve Years a Slave

Students can see part of Solomon Northup’s story, told in his 1853 autobiography and the new movie, Twelve Years a Slave, in documents found in the National Archives. Continue reading

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