Teaching Slavery Comprehensively and Conscientiously

AHA Session 303
Sunday, January 7, 2018: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Washington Room 2 (Marriott Wardman Park, Exhibition Level)
K. Allison Wickens, George Washington's Mount Vernon
Kristin Gallas, Interpreting Slavery
K. Allison Wickens, George Washington's Mount Vernon
Shannon M. Lubold, Owings Mills High School

Session Abstract

In this highly interactive session, educators will explore how diverse primary sources, historic sites, and collective conversations create a classroom environment suitable for teaching the history of slavery in a conscientious and meaningful manner. This type of pedagogy takes diligence and compassion, and it is necessary for students to not only learn about the past, but also see themselves in the continuing narrative of slavery’s legacy in today’s racially charged environment. Presenters will model techniques that highlight ways to integrate the lives of enslaved people into broader discussions about the institution of slavery and best practices to facilitate conversations that support understanding this difficult knowledge, its complicated emotions, and its legacies our world today.
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