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Virginians Petition to Prevent the Emancipation of Slaves (with text supports)

The spirit of the American Revolution inspired some slaveholders to manumit, or free, their slaves. In 1782, Virginia passed a law that allowed slaveholders to set slaves free in their wills, where before manumission required a special act of the [...]

John Adams Explains Why Women Should Not Be Able to Vote (with text supports)

James Sullivan, a state court judge in Massachusetts and colleague of John Adams, was often sympathetic to those who thought women and non-elite men should have a voice in the new nation’s government. Adams disagreed, explaining to Sullivan why [...]

John Adams Explains Why Men Without Property Should Not Be Able to Vote (with text supports)

James Sullivan, a state court judge in Massachusetts and colleague of John Adams, was often sympathetic to those who thought women and non-elite men should have a voice in the new nation’s government. Adams disagreed, explaining to Sullivan why [...]

Colonial Crowds Protest the Stamp Act (short version with text supports)

The British parliament passed the Stamp Act in 1765. The act required that colonists buy a stamp from the government for most printed items, such as newspapers, contracts, books, playing cards, and court documents. Popular protests against the new [...]

"OSHA at Forty"

This short article by public health historians David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz reflects on the fortieth anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, passed in 1970. OSHA is one of the most important pieces of labor legislation ever [...]

Analysis Worksheet: "Drawing of an African Burial Ground Grave In Situ"

This worksheet helps students analyze an archaeologist's sketch of a burial site in the African Burial Ground.

Analysis Worksheet: "The Immigrant"

This worksheet helps students analyze historical cartoons about "open door" immigration. It is used in the activity "Immigration Debates in the Era of 'Open Gates.'"

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Analysis Worksheet: Runaway Slave Advertisement from Antebellum Virginia

This worksheet helps students analyze an antebellum runaway slave advertisement.

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Adding to the Picture worksheet

This worksheet helps students analyze primary sources from the planning and debates surrounding the 1963 March on Washington. It is used as part of the teaching activity "Adding to the Picture: The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom."

Social Reform and Issues of Race and Class worksheet

This worksheet helps students analyze issues of race and class during the 1909 "Uprising of the 20,000."

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