These materials accompany Ancestry's extensive collection on the history of enslavement and the period of Reconstruction. We also recommend resources that help educators and students explore the notion of race - a complex and evolving idea that underlies much of this history. Additionally, we offer a selection of professional learning resources that can help teachers address these topics with the thoughtful and sensitive approach they demand.
This 3-part documentary film explores the history of the idea of "race" and the centrality of this idea to the development of the slave system in Americas.
Philosopher Anthony Appiah discusses modern and historical concepts of race.
Read about the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century scientists who tried to prove that humankind is divided into separate and unequal races.
7 lessons exploring the history of the Reconstruction Era using engaging videos that feature scholars and primary sources.
Read an excerpt from the transcript of the Savannah Colloquy, a meeting between Union officials and Savannah's black community in January 1865.
This 2-part webinar explores a framework for having rigorous, nuanced, and identity-safe conversations about race. Participants leave with a greater sense of agency and efficacy around discussing race in the classroom. Requires free registration.
This webinar introduces a new approach to teaching students about the Reconstruction Era and helps them connect this history to their own lives and the choices they make today.
In this classroom video, a high school history teacher leads a classroom discussion that explores the meaning of freedom to formerly enslaved people during Reconstruction.