Being an American

Three interesting posts in this month’s Milestone Documents newsletter:

Study questions for use with Frederick Douglass’ What to the slave is the Fourth of July? speech.   Summer institute participants received copies of Douglass’ Narrative and considered different ways that seminal text might be used.

A set of “Essential Quotes” around the theme of Americanism.    These seem to lend themselves to “Silent Conversation”:  Post each on a large piece of butcher paper around the room and have students respond to the quotes (and each other’s comments) by writing on the sheets.

A handout about Ely Parker with suggested documents related to post-Civil War Indian Policy.  This would be a nice addition to the team produced lesson from last year’s cohort focused around Indian boarding schools.


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