The curated resources linked below are an initial sample of the resources coming from a collaborative and rigorous review process with the EAD Content Curation Task Force.
Congress is made up of a group of people who work together to improve the quality of lives of citizens throughout the nation. Long ago Congress decided that it was important to pass labor laws to protect children. Why did they think that child labor was a problem? We will explore this question by investigating a series of photographs of children working in fish factories long ago.
In this four-mystery/lesson unit, students will explore the trade of Africans by Europeans by following the narrative of Kossula Cudjo Lewis and exploring primary sources from the Library of Congress and other sources. Mr. Lewis was an African who was taken prisoner when he was 19 years old and traded by the Dahomey to Americans and enslaved in Alabama. He would gain his freedom at the end of the Civil War and help to found Africatown in Alabama. His narrative is central to all four mysteries/lessons in this unit.
History's Mysteries Historical Inquiry for Elementary Classrooms
Created in collaboration with representatives of the Poarch Band of Creek Indian, this guide highlights the difficult choices faced by Creek people during the Creek War, with emphasis on the ways that colonization, in particular the Federal Road and the “Plan of Civilization,” influenced the war.
“How does water shape our lives?” is a four-mystery/lesson unit on 19th century industry and immigration which uses the story of William Skinner to help students explore primary sources about push and pull factors, the use of water in the development of industry, and the lives of workers in 19th century Holyoke, Massachusetts.