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The Quest for Equality: Transforming the History classroom with Primary Sources and Public history. Robyn C. Spencer Assistant Professor of History Lehman College. Project Overview: What to expect. Introductions What will we learn and how will we learn it?

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the quest for equality transforming the history classroom with primary sources and public history

The Quest for Equality: Transforming the History classroom with Primary Sources and Public history

Robyn C. Spencer

Assistant Professor of History

Lehman College

project overview what to expect

Project Overview: What to expect.

Introductions

What will we learn and how will we learn it?

How will we translate the new knowledge/approaches learned into new teaching practices?

the quest for equality
The Quest for Equality
  • Reconstruction
    • Emancipation v. Freedom
    • Emergence of Jim Crow
  • Civil Rights
    • African Americans
    • Women
  • Immigrants
    • Early Settlement of America
    • Voluntary/involuntary immigration
    • Legislation
engaging students
Engaging Students
  • Centering students in the classroom as active learners
  • Improving content knowledge
  • Teaching historical habits of mind
  • Enhancing critical thinking
  • Fueling Interest and Passion in the Past
content overview the present past

Content overview: The Present Past

Where will we start our historical exploration?

What is the backhistory?

How do the themes of this project relate to each other?

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The Quest for Equality
  • What does equality mean in different historical time periods?
labor race and servitude in the chesapeake
Labor, Race and Servitude in the Chesapeake

1612 –20 Africans Arrive in Jamestown

1620s-1660s—Indentured Servitude

Race and the Origins of Black Slavery

How? Why? When?

1640 John Punch case-lifetime servitude

1662 Slave status inherited

thomas jefferson
Thomas Jefferson--
  • 1776 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1820“ I consider a woman who brings a child every two years as more profitable than the best man on the farm…..what she produces in an addition to capital.”(Farm Book, 45-46)
major legislation passed during reconstruction 1865 1877
Major Legislation Passed During Reconstruction, 1865-1877
  • 13th Amendment (1865)
  • Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (Freedmen’s Bureau) Act 1865
  • 14th Amendment 1868
  • 15th Amendment 1870
  • Civil Rights Act of 1875
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