Teaching Hard History: American Slavery

What have you learned about slavery in the United States? Have you ever wondered why black Africans were chosen as slaves for the so-called New World? How do these complicated histories affect the lives of all Americans and why is it so hard to talk about? Recently, the Southern Poverty Law Center, an American nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights, released the report Teaching Hard History: American Slavery. It is a resource for teachers – and communities – who are eager to help their students better understand slavery. Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, of The Ohio State University and chair of the Teaching Hard History Advisory Board, will break down and discuss questions about the history, development, and impact of slavery in the United States. He will be joined by Maureen Costello, Director of the Teaching Tolerance Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, and together they will introduce Teaching Hard History: American Slavery as a resource for educators and citizens alike.

While Teaching Hard History: American Slavery was developed with educators in mind and includes excellent resources to help develop curriculum, the report resonates with the broader community. Join us for the unique opportunity to not only learn about the hard history of American slavery and how it impacts our understanding of America, past and present, but become equipped with useful tools for talking about slavery. Copies of the report will be available for those attending.

Dr. Jefferies was born in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Midwood High School in 1990, he headed south, enrolling at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, the nation’s leading institution for educating African American men. He then earned a MA in American history in 1997, and a PhD in American history with a specialization in African American history in 2002, both from Duke University. His current book project, entitled Stealing Home: Ebbets Field and Black Working Class Life in Post-Civil Rights New York, explores the struggle of working class African Americans to secure and enjoy their freedom rights.