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To What Extent was Reconstruction a Revolution?

Reconstruction was a tumultuous period in American history, and the question of whether it produced lasting change in regard to civil rights is still debated by scholars. A DocsTeach Activity using primary sources allows your students to enter the debate … 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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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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Teaching with the Records of Congress

An introductory video of educational resources available from the Center for Legislative Archives, featuring perspectives from teachers who use these records of Congress in their classrooms Continue reading

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We Shall Overcome: Anxiety and Optimism for the March on Washington

On August 28, 1963, a quarter million people came to the nation’s capital to petition their duly elected government in a demonstration known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Frustrated by the inaction of a gridlocked Congress, … Continue reading

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Play Ball! (Primary Sources Edition)

Have you ever used current events to pique students’ interest? Leveraged your students’ hobbies to guide which primary sources you offer up for analysis? Do you have baseball fans in your classroom? We’ve got a brand new resource full of primary … Continue reading

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