Tag Archives: United States History

Vermont’s little-known African-American settlers – WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Vermont’s little-known African-American settlers – WCAX.com

Check out this story about Early African American settlers in Hinesburg, VT.  Folks who fought in the War of 1812, raised sheeps and cows, and sold their goods in Hinesburg Village!  How do we share the rich history of Vermont with our students?  How do we access stories that are often left out, forgotten, or silenced?


Zinn Education Project – Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968

Zinn Education Project – Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968.

Mini preview of what looks like a great DVD from the Teaching A Peoples History website.  Thanks to Denise Dunbar for bringing this to our attention.

While most teachers know that students were killed at Kent State in 1970, very few know about the murder of students at Jackson State and even less about South Carolina State College in Orangeburg. In Orangeburg, 2 years before the Kent State murders, 23 students were injured and 3 were killed — most shot in the back by the state police while involved in a peaceful protest. One of the by-standers, Cleveland Sellers, was arrested for inciting a riot and sentenced to a year of in prison. Now president of Voorhees College, he was the only person to do time. Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968 is an excellent documentary which brings to light this untold story of the Civil Rights Movement including candid interviews with many of those involved in the event: students, journalists, officers on the scene, and the then-Governer. The film also provides students with a good understanding of the concept of Black Power in the context of the Civil Rights Movement.

“This documentary should be shown in every schoolroom in America. We might then create a new generation of activists, emulating the heroic young people of that time, moving this country towards new levels of equality and justice.” — Howard Zinn



“Smithsonian, Google Remember Rose Parks”

“Today marks the 55th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott and the rise of Rosa Parks into a place of national honor for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger.” Read the article here.

Question to consider: In what ways do we see the civil rights movement continuing today?

School House Rock-Sufferin til’ Suffrage

A quick 3 min School House Rock video on the Woman’s Suffrage Movement.  A great history refresher.  Fun and educational!

Anniversary of the 14th amendment

That’s what today is.

“Passed by Congress June 13, 1866, and ratified July 9, 1868, the 14th amendment extended liberties and rights granted by the Bill of Rights to former slaves.”

Learn more about what this means here.