Primary Sources Bring the Past to Life!
African American Heritage Primary Sources are just what teachers need to help students learn how to analyze primary sources in order to meet Common Core State Standards!
Students participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations of history using historical documents. Students make observations, generate questions, organize information and ideas, think analytically, write persuasively or informatively, and cite evidence to support their opinions, hypotheses, and conclusions. Students learn how to integrate and evaluate information to deepen their understanding of historical events.
The 20 African American Heritage Primary Sources are:
- Reproduction of a handbill advertising a slave auction in Charleston – 1769
- Illustration of Nat Turner’s slave revolt – 1831
- Photograph of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and an excerpt from his 1881 autobiography titled Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – photo circa 1847-1852
- Title page of Uncle Tom’s Cabin – 1852
- Photograph of slaves planting sweet potatoes on a South Carolina plantation – 1862
- Painting of regimental flag of the 3rd United States Colored Troops depicting African American soldier and Columbia holding an American flag between them – between 1860 and 1870
- Photograph of a reproduction of the Emancipation Proclamation – 1864
- Cartoon in Harper’s Weekly magazine depicting the celebration in the House of Representatives after adoption of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in the U.S. – 1865
- Photograph of students in a history class at Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama – 1902
- Photograph of Booker T. Washington—leader in the African American community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries – 1905
- Photograph of Jesse Owens at start of record-breaking 200-meter race during Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany – 1936
- Photograph showing sign for segregated waiting room at North Carolina bus station – 1940
- Painting by Jacob Lawrence depicting African Americans traveling north during the Great Migration – 1940
- Photograph of Tuskegee Airman Captain Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.—commander of the first all-black air unit, the 99th Pursuit Squadron – 1942
- World War II poster depicting the accomplishments of scientist George Washington Carver – 1943
- Photograph of Jackie Robinson—first African American player in major league baseball – photo taken 1950
- Photographs of first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and school segregation protests circa 1950—Marshall argued and won the Brown v. Board of Education court case ending school segregation in 1954
- Photograph of Rosa Parks—her refusal to give up her seat on a city bus to a white passenger led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott – 1955
- Photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr., delivering his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963, and an excerpt from the speech
- Photograph of Barack Obama taking the oath of office as the 44th President of the United States—first African American to hold the office – 2009
Your students will:
- Think critically and analytically, interpret events, and question various perspectives of history.
- Participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations instead of memorizing facts and a writer’s interpretations.
- Integrate and evaluate information provided in diverse media formats to deepen their understanding of historical events.
- Create a more relevant and meaningful learning experience.
Download the Gallopade Free Online Teacher's Guide for Primary Sources PDF located in "Additional Info."
All levels. 8 x 11 inches each. Cardstock.